Other than a soundbite from Kamala Harris in the 2020 Democratic primary debate, Joe Biden has largely been allowed to skate on his own extreme record of racism.
A Senator from the largely southern state of Delaware, Biden built his political career around two issues: His opposition to school busing to achieve integration and his support for mandatory minimum sentences for largely nonviolent drug offenses.
Now that Trump has a solid foothold among black voters — 22% in the latest poll conducted by John Jordan and me — it’s time to hammer Biden on his terrible civil rights record.
• Biden said he asked to serve on the Judiciary Committee so that he could oppose school busing. He said, “What advocates of busing say is that in order for your child with curly back hair, brown eyes and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.” “Who the hell do we think we are,” he continued, “that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?”
• In 1979, Biden was one of 54 Senators to vote to allow racially segregated private schools — so called “white flight” academies — to keep their tax-exempt status.
• In 1977, Biden said that forced busing to desegregate schools would cause his children to “grow up in a racial jungle.'” He said, “Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow in a racial jungle with tensions having built to a point where the will explode.”
• Biden said black youth were “predators. and who need to be [taken] out of society.” Trump, of course, signed the First Step Act to free these kids from prison.
• Biden said a lot of black illiteracy is because “their parents can’t read or write themselves.”
• In 2007 Biden praised Obama as “the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean.”
• In 2006, Biden said, “You cannot go into a 7-eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”
• In 2010 he warmly eulogized Sen. Robert Byrd, a former Exalted Cyclops in the Klu Klux Klan, saying he was “one of my mentors” and that “the Senate is a lesser place for his going.”
• In 1988, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in September 1988 that Mr. Biden, while campaigning in Alabama that year, “talked of his sympathy for the South, bragged of an award he had received from George Wallace in 1973 and said ‘we (Delawareans) were on the South’s side in the Civil War.'”
• Biden voted to restore American citizenship posthumously to Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis.
Now that Trump has acquired a strong foothold among black voters, he should go on the offensive on the issue.
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