“The View” Marks Martin Luther King Day With Van Jones (VIDEO)
“The View” marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with help from Van Jones. Watch below.
The co-hosts exuberantly came on stage to Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday,” dancing their way to their desk in celebration of King’s birthday. After everyone, including Jones, was settled, Whoopi Goldberg asked, “How many people know the history behind that song?” She and Jones then explained the track’s origins, and its connection to King.
Jones, a political commentator for CNN, went on to say, “I think it’s appropriate that he not only has this day, but he also has the monument. Because, in so many ways, he is among the final founders. We act like America was founded one day when a bunch of guys signed something. It took centuries to found this country as a democratic republic, where women could vote, where African-Americans could vote, where LGBT folks fit in. We’re still founding America today, but he is one of the final founders. He deserves that.”
Sunny Hostin noted, “I was about 13 when [the legal holiday] passed, and we were all excited that we were all gonna get an extra day off from school. It was like, ‘Oh, we got a holiday now!’ And my father sat me down and was like, ‘You need to understand what this holiday is about.'”
Over the course of the show, Jones and the panelists also discussed how people are learning black history from movies like Hidden Figures, and he admitted the film made him realize that he can be “racist” and “sexist,” too. The group also talked about President-elect Donald Trump, the 2016 election, and hate crimes. Appreciative of his perspective, Goldberg quipped at one point, “Some days I just want to put a ponytail on you and make you sit at our table!” Check out the videos below.