(UnitedVoice.com) – Last week, presumptive Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden stuck his foot in it when he said black voters who don’t support him “ain’t black.” Biden was on the popular show, The Breakfast Club, with Charlamagne tha God when he made the controversial statement. When challenged, Biden said, “Take a look at my record, man…”
So let’s do just that, shall we?
Biden has 43 years of public service, 36 in the US Senate, and 8 as Vice President. During his time in the Senate, some say Biden’s track record on race wasn’t good. In June 2019, during a DNC presidential debate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) attacked Biden for working with segregationists in Congress and for opposing busing. Biden has repeatedly said, as he did to Harris, that attacks on his record are mischaracterizations and that he never praised racists.
Biden’s Senate Record
It appears that Harris may have been right. During his freshman term as a US Senator in 1973, Biden was known to cozy up to Senators J. William Fulbright and Jim Eastland. Both segregationists, they assigned the fifth-youngest senator in US history to the powerful judicial and foreign-relations committees. Biden had no experience or knowledge at that time in his career that would have qualified him for those positions. Biden also claimed to be close to George Wallace, a known racist, and often referred to Strom Thurmond as his “closest friend.”
Biden also has a history of racist comments. He was one of the leading Democrats who opposed busing reforms that would integrate blacks and whites into school systems. His position put him in alignment with Southern segregationists. During a 1977 congressional hearing about anti-busing legislation, Biden said, “Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle.”
Biden’s allegation that people mischaracterize his positions has been challenged by those who knew him at the time. Professor Gary Orfield went as far as to say that Biden reconstructed history and is factually wrong. Orfield testified before Biden in a 1981 hearing on busing.
If that’s not enough, Biden also has a questionable legislative history. In the 1994 crime bill, Biden was a leader of the legislation that created tough penalties for crimes. The law led to mass-incarcerations that predominantly affected the African-American community. As a result, imprisonment doubled between 1994 and 2009. In the 2008 presidential election, Biden proudly called the law “the Biden Crime Law” on his campaign website.
On numerous occasions, Biden has admitted he was wrong on some of the issues. However, it appears that criticism of his past positions and legislation were not mischaracterizations.
Biden might want to think twice before asking people to investigate his record on race relations. The consequences could be worse than a simple gaffe made on The Breakfast Club.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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