Biden has taken a lot of heat, and has just apologized, for proclaiming, “I’ll tell you, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t black.”
At this point, I understand the position that some leftists take, when they attack others for insensitive speech, and then rejecting any apologies that might follow.
As others have pointed out, Biden’s statement wasn’t simply a slip of the tongue; it encapsulates the Democratic views of blacks for the past several decades. It’s extremely condescending – and I’m sure he meant every word of it, apology or not.
But, after listening to the entire interview, what sickened me more was his shameless pandering to “the black community,” even going so far as to promote his “Manifesto for Black America.” One gets the impression that Biden has two loyalties, one to America, and one to Black America. He brought up “institutional racism” several times, and made it clear that he intends to reduce the number of blacks in prison. What he neglected to point out is the inevitable loss of innocent life that would result from such a reduction. The moment government sets a priority to reduce inmate populations, judges, courts and parole boards feel the pressure to do so – and people die as a result. We’ve already seen this with Corona-related prison releases.
I do agree with Biden on some points. People shouldn’t be locked up for mere drug offenses. Treatment is preferable to incarceration. Biden wants to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. I’m all for that.
Another thing that made me cringe was the way Biden tries to mimic Black American speech by peppering his answers with “man,” “ain’t” and the dropping of final Gs. I can respect a real white man, but not a fake black man.
Biden seems to be a male version of Hillary Clinton. He’s as fake as a three-dollar bill.