May 23, 2020

Joe Biden Thinks He Owns Black Americans’ Votes. He Doesn’t.

Joe Biden’s racist comments were shocking. Biden – a 77-year-old white man – clearly got offended when a Black radio host said he wanted to ask him more questions about his record and policies. Biden then said that if Black Americans don’t vote for him, they aren’t really Black:

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: Listen, you got to come see us when you come to New York. It’s a long way until November. We got more questions.

BIDEN: You got more questions? I tell you, if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't Black!

CTG: It don't have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact [that] I want something for my community.

Here’s a fact: Joe Biden is not entitled to Black Americans’ vote simply because of their skin color. Yet he acts like he owns them.

“I will not be told who I’m gonna vote on because of my color,” said Kanye West recently. Biden’s racist remark was quickly condemned by Black Americans across the political spectrum:

  • “Does [Biden] not understand that black and brown skinned people can think for themselves. You don’t determine who we vote for,” tweeted Herschel Walker.
     
  • "Biden is in no position to determine who is Black enough or not,” said former Obama official Patrick Gaspard.
     
  • “Aye bruh @JoeBiden I already told you the #BlackVoteAintFree,” tweeted Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Joe Biden has said something racist or racially insensitive:

In 1977, Biden worried that certain desegregation policies would cause his children to grow up “in a racial jungle”: “Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point.”

In 1993, Biden described “predators” unworthy of forgiveness who must be locked away from society:nless we do something about that cadre of young people – tens of thousands of them, born out of wedlock, without parents, without supervision, without any structure, without any conscience developing … because they literally have not been socialized … [A] portion of them will become the predators 15 years from now, and madam president we have predators on our streets that society has in fact, in part because of its neglect, created. Again, it does not mean because we created them that we somehow forgive them or do not take them out of society to protect my family and yours from them.  They are beyond the pale, many of those people, beyond the pale… [W]e don’t very well know how to rehabilitate them at that point. That’s the sad truth.  You’re looking at the fella who is one of the primary architects of the sentencing commission.”

Across many years, Biden repeatedly praised racist George Wallace and bragged about receiving an award from him: “I think the Democratic Party could stand a liberal George Wallace — someone who’s not afraid to stand up and offend people, someone who wouldn’t pander but would say what the American people know in their gut is right,” Biden said in 1975. “[S]ometimes even George Wallace is right about some things,” Biden said in 1981.

In 2003, Biden delivered a eulogy for segregationist Strom Thurmond: “I was honored to work with him, privileged to serve with him, proud to call him my friend.”

In 2010, Biden delivered a eulogy for former KKK Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd: “He was a friend, he was a mentor and he was a guide.”

In 2019, Biden bragged about working with racist segregationist James Eastland: “Even in the days when I got there, the Democratic Party still had seven or eight old-fashioned Democratic segregationists. You’d get up and you’d argue like the devil with them. Then you’d go down and have lunch or dinner together.”

In 2007, Biden expressed amazement that Barack Obama was smart and clean: “You got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

In 1984, Biden called Jesse Jackson a boy: Jackson “is one of the brightest guys around. That boy ain’t no dummy.”

In 1973, Biden joked about southern senators calling him boy: “I have had a number of conversations with southern senators, I think there is a change in attitude… Other than the fact they still call me ‘boy,’ I think they’ve changed their mind a little bit.”

In 2019, Biden was asked about segregation and slavery and responded by saying minority parents don’t know how to raise their children. “Social workers help parents deal with how to raise their children. It’s not like they don’t want to help, they don’t know what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television—excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the—make sure that kids hear words.

In 2019, Biden said minorities don’t know how to raise their kids: “[W]hy aren’t we sending into homes of economically distressed families, whether they are of color or otherwise, why aren’t we sending into homes social workers who help the single moms or the single dads know what they should be doing raising their children … the fact of the matter is when people from minority communities come or don’t show up for parent-teacher meetings – why don’t they come? Bingo. It’s about trust and it’s about being embarrassed because they don’t know what to do.”

In 2019, Biden equated being a minority to being poor: “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

In 2007, Biden said schools perform worse if they have more Black students: "There's less than one percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than 4 or 5% that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with.”

In 2006, Biden repeatedly bragged that his home state was a slave state: Delaware “was a slave state that fought beside the North. That's only because we couldn't figure out how to get to the South. There were a couple of states in the way.”

In 1993, Biden defended those who fly the Confederate flag as fine people: “the Senator made a very moving and eloquent speech, as a son of the Confederacy, acknowledging that it was time to change and yield to a position that Senator Carol Moseley-Braun raised on the Senate floor, not granting a federal charter to an organization made up of many fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag as a symbol.”

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