July 07, 2020

14 Years Ago Today: Joe Biden Forced To Explain Racist Comment About Indian Americans

14 years ago today, Joe Biden was forced to explain his racist comment about Indian Americans: “you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking!”

Biden claimed he was taken out of context and then doubled down, claiming he would have said the same thing about Italian accents and delis. He didn’t apologize.

Biden’s comments are part of his troubling, decades-long pattern of saying racially insensitive things and fanning the flames of racial division for political gain:

  • In 2018, Biden claimed Republicans were responsible for “Jim Crow sneaking back in.”
  • In 2012, Biden told a Black audience in southern Virginia that Republicans like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would “put y’all back in chains.”
  • In 2019, Biden falsely claimed President Trump’s repeated condemnations of white supremacists did not exist.
  • Multiple times this year, Biden compared President Trump to Bull Connor, the Alabama Democrat known for his opposition to the civil rights movement.
  • Biden told Black Americans that if they did not automatically support him, “then you ain’t Black.”
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