We haven’t heard many people describe alleged mass killer Elliot Rodger as “a nice kid,” though few who’ve seen excerpts of his videos or his written manifesto would disagree that he had serious mental issues.

Rodger is believed to have shot himself to death, which precludes any trial by jury. Nevertheless, Van Jones suspects Rodger will be remembered as “a nice kid.” Why? Because he was white (well, half-white actually — Rodger had a Malaysian mother and described himself as Eurasian). Isn’t that how it always goes?

Actually, he stabbed a few men to death as well. Hopefully that won’t hurt his image as a “nice white kid,” but that depends on whom you ask.

OK, let’s have a dialogue.