Speaking of prominent Democrat politicians who have a race problem – meet former Vice President and future presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
Sure, Virginia governor Ralph Northam has seen his fair share of issues this month, what with the racist blackface photos, his admission to dressing up as such to portray Michael Jackson, and video of him refusing to shake the hand of a black opponent and all.
But at least he didn’t advocate for segregation on the premise of it being better for “black pride” as Biden once did.
That’s right, the man who, in 2012 told African-American voters that Mitt Romney wanted to put them all “back in chains,” argued publicly in 1975 against a federally mandated busing policy designed to end segregation in schools, saying it would prevent black people from embracing “their own identity.”
“The Washington Examiner uncovered an interview in the congressional archives of former Senator and VP Joe Biden speaking to NPR where he favored maintaining segregation between races, claiming it was better for black pride.” https://t.co/JHgTtTyI01
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) February 4, 2019
“I think the concept of busing … that we are going to integrate people so that they all have the same access and they learn to grow up with one another and all the rest, is a rejection of the whole movement of black pride,” Biden argued.
Assimilation was “a rejection of the entire black awareness concept, where black is beautiful, black culture should be studied; and the cultural awareness of the importance of their own identity, their own individuality,” he continues.
We’re not so sure that was his best argument.
Biden was a Senator from Delaware between 1973 and 2009.
Hold Him Accountable
In a perfect world, Biden’s past comments would be scrutinized and analyzed by the mainstream media.
Ronnie Dunn, an urban studies professor at Cleveland State University and author of a book on segregation, told the Washington Examiner that Biden should be held accountable for a stance that argues in favor of segregation.
According to the report, Dunn claims “opposition to busing was largely motivated by racism and that without the court-ordered policy ‘we likely would not have had a black president.'”
And without the first black president, there would have been no Veep Biden. Funny how things come full circle.
“People have to be held accountable,” said Dunn. “We all evolve in our thinking and grow, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have to answer for our positions we held.”
He’s the Most Qualified?
Once arguing for segregation as a member of a party that claims to hold the best interests of the black community in their heart may not be the ideal scenario for someone seeking office.
“I’ll be as straight with you as I can,” Biden told a Montana crowd in December. “I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president.”
The reality is that as a member of the Democrat party, he’ll never be held to higher standards on past comments or actions. The media will portray him as ‘the most qualified.’
Can you imagine if audio surfaced of President Trump arguing for bus segregation because it helps “black pride”?
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