Biden’s “You Ain’t Black” Comment Is Symptomatic of Democrats’ Deeper Race Problem
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Last Friday morning, in an ostensible attempt at African American outreach, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden put his foot in it. Again.
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump,” he quipped at the end of an otherwise uneventful interview with Breakfast Club host Charlamagne Tha God, “then you ain’t Black.”
The internet, predictably, exploded with takes. #AintBlack “trended” online. The Trump campaign almost immediately started selling #YouAintBlack T-shirts. And dozens of high profile Black Americans weighed in. Senior Advisor to the Biden campaign Symone Sanders tweeted that Biden’s comments were “in jest,” arguing that the former Vice President was simply drawing a distinction between “his record with the African American community” and Trump’s. In an appearance on MSNBC later in the day, she refused to contextualize Biden’s remarks. “I’m not going to do this,” she said. “I’m not going to even traffic in any hypothetical conversation about ‘if he is sensitive enough.’ Look: There are real issues we have to address in this country, and Joe Biden has been speaking directly to the voters . . . about those issues.”
The thing is, he hasn’t.
In fact, Charlamagne’s chief gripe was that Joe Biden failed to address the specific concerns of Black voters on his show. “It don’t have nothing to do with Trump,” he responded. “I want something for my community.” And Symone Sanders’ claim that Biden should be lauded for going on the Breakfast Club at all is belied by the fact that, other than Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden is the only major presidential candidate who hadn’t already sat for an interview with Charlamagne. “I got it on good authority that Biden’s black surrogates do not want Joe Biden to come on the Breakfast Club,” Charlamagne told Stephen Colbert this past February. “I just got questions. I got the same questions that everybody else has….I would want to know about the ‘94 crime bill… I would also want to know why he can’t simply apologize for making a mistake.”
May 25, 2020 at 11:17 PM #319042jwirrParticipant
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Democrats have assumed that the POC and poor have no place else to go when it comes to voting. What they do not understand is that after years of getting nothing back for our vote and the disappearance of much of the safety net and the threat of taking social security away from us they have nothing to offer us this time.
May 26, 2020 at 2:04 AM #319097A Simple GameParticipant
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the threat of taking social security away from us
At least I haven’t watched any clips where Trump is bragging about it. Can’t say the same for Biden.
May 26, 2020 at 2:38 AM #319104ColorsoftheRainbowParticipant
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“Democrats have assumed that the POC and poor have no place else to go when it comes to voting. What they do not understand is that after years of getting nothing back for our vote and the disappearance of much of the safety net and the threat of taking social security away from us they have nothing to offer us this time.”
You made the point I wanted to express.
Add to it that, as Black Agenda Report might put it, The Black Misleadership Class is a source of evil when they are conning people of the same race by acting like Gods who would never lead their fellow people astray. Oh, but they do. Deliberately so. And it is not hard to figure out what motivates that.
May 26, 2020 at 5:37 AM #319152
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