Biden’s history of controversial racial comments

Biden’s historical past of controversial racial feedback

Joe Biden made waves Friday when he mentioned that African-Americans not sure of whether or not they need to vote for President Trump or him “ain’t black,” however it was hardly the primary time the 77-year-old has come beneath criticism for a racially charged comment.

Here’s a have a look at previous controversies over Biden’s feedback:

May 2020: “You ain’t black.” 

In an interview with “The Breakfast Club,” the presumptive Democratic nominee informed host Charlamagne tha God, “I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” earlier than defending his file with the black neighborhood.

August 2019: “Poor kids” simply as brilliant as “white kids” 

At a marketing campaign occasion in Iowa, Biden informed supporters “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.” He rapidly corrected himself after some applause by including: “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”

June 2019: “The kid wearing a hoodie.”

While discussing the necessity for felony justice reform at a luncheon final 12 months, Biden mentioned individuals should proceed to work to acknowledge black as equals in order that African American moms, just like the mom of Trayvon Martin who was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012, now not should concern their sons will likely be shot once they go outdoors.

“We’ve acquired to acknowledge that the child sporting a hoodie could very nicely be the subsequent poet laureate and never a gangbanger,” Biden mentioned.

Biden rapidly drew criticism for his use of the phrase “gangbanger.” Former presidential candidate Cory Booker mentioned Biden “needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way.”


June 2019: Biden touts his work with segregationist senators 

Biden was slammed by fellow Democrats after invoking his potential many years in the past to work with two segregationist southern senators to “get things done.”

Biden introduced up the names of Sens. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia whereas talking at a fundraiser Tuesday in New York City. Eastland and Talmadge, two senior members within the Senate when Biden arrived within the chamber in 1973, had been firmly against desegregation efforts.

“I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” Biden mentioned as he briefly imitated the late senator’s southern drawl. “He never called me boy. He always called me son.”

But discussing the “civility” within the Senate throughout the 1970s, Biden mentioned: “Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”

Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, additionally operating for president on the time, raised severe considerations.

August 2012: “Put y’all back in chains” 

Then-Vice President Biden informed a Virginia viewers that then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s monetary regulation lifts would “put y’all again in chains.”

“He mentioned within the first 100 days, he will let the large banks as soon as once more write their very own guidelines,” Biden mentioned. “Unchain Wall Street! They’re gonna put y’all again in chains.”

February 2007: Obama is “the primary mainstream African-American who’s articulate and brilliant and clear”

Biden, whereas operating for the 2008 presidency, issued what he thought was reward of then-Senator Barack Obama, saying he was “the primary mainstream African-American who’s articulate and brilliant and clear.”

Biden apologized for the assertion on the Democratic National Committee’s winter assembly. “I need to say that I actually remorse that the phrases I spoke offended those that I love very a lot,” he mentioned.


2006: “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin Donuts until you may have a slight Indian accent” 

Biden, then a senator of Delaware, might be seen in a clip speaking to a person who seems to be of Indian descent. “In Delaware the largest growth in population is Indian Americans,” Biden mentioned. “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”