Donna Brazile: Biden is a true friend of black Americans – His ‘you ain’t black’ comment doesn’t change that

Donna Brazile: Biden is a real buddy of black Americans – His ‘you ain’t black’ remark doesn’t change that

I’ve identified Joe Biden for many years, and I do know it’s completely absurd for anybody to name him a racist in response to his poor selection of phrases in an interview Friday with an African-American radio host.

Granted, the previous vp could not at all times be probably the most eloquent politician, however he has proven by the eloquence of his actions over his lengthy profession that he’s a powerful champion who fights for equality and alternative for all Americans and a real buddy of African-Americans.

The outdated saying “actions speak louder than words” needs to be used to check Biden’s excellent file as a U.S. senator and vp in opposition to President Trump’s dismal file of dividing Americans in opposition to one another.


Biden was proper to apologize Friday for telling the black radio discuss present host who calls himself Charlamagne tha God earlier within the day: “I tell you, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

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Biden was making an attempt to be humorous with the comment, however he failed – and mentioned so quickly afterward himself. Unlike Trump, who won’t ever admit making a mistake, Biden has the braveness to confess when he says the unsuitable factor.

“I was much too cavalier. I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African-American vote for granted. But nothing could be further from the truth,” Biden mentioned in a digital handle to the U.S. Black Chambers, a enterprise group, hours after his radio interview. “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy.”

“No one should have to vote for any party, based on their race or religion or background,” Biden said.

I say: Thanks, Mr. Vice President. Apology accepted. And thanks, Mr. Vice President, for your unflagging support for decades for the important issues that matter to African-Americans.

Biden has won the overwhelming support of black elected leaders and millions of African- Americans who have judged him based on his record, leadership and character.

The highest-ranking black member of the U.S. House of Representatives – Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C. – gave Biden an all-important endorsement for the South Carolina presidential primary this year that helped Biden become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

“I know Joe Biden. I know his character, his heart, and his record,” Clyburn mentioned. “Joe Biden has stood for the hard-working folks of South Carolina. We know Joe. But extra importantly, he is aware of us.”

And I can inform you from firsthand expertise that Biden understands that he can’t take anybody with no consideration – particularly now, when our lives and livelihoods are at stake within the November election.

And I can inform you that Biden’s file is something however cavalier on the subject of combating for civil rights, voting rights, and kitchen desk points like well being care, schooling and so many different points that matter for African-Americans throughout this nation. Millions of different black Americans know this as nicely.

Biden has gained the overwhelming assist of black elected leaders and tens of millions of African- Americans who’ve judged him based mostly on his file, management and character.

We know that when Joe Biden obtained into politics it was due to his dedication to hitch the combat for civil rights and voting rights. This dedication motivated him to open doorways for others and guarantee everybody has a path to pursue the American Dream.

We know Joe Biden was an unfailingly loyal vp who confirmed up each day to contribute to the success of our nation’s first African-American president – President Barack Obama. Quite a distinction to Trump, who assaults and insults Obama virtually each day even now and falsely claimed that Obama was born in Africa and never the United States.

We know Joe Biden has plans that can assist elevate up African-Americans, notably now, when our economic system and well being care are in a free fall.

A Biden administration will imply a fairer Justice Department that can rise up for voting rights and can urge states to robotically restore voting rights for people convicted of felonies who’ve served their sentences. A Biden administration will implement civil rights legal guidelines vigorously.

Biden has mentioned he’ll appoint the primary African-American girl to the U.S. Supreme Court, as a part of a slate of judges he’ll appoint to assist additional America’s march in direction of equality and justice for all.

Biden is aware of that the African-American group has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and infrequently lacks wanted well being care protection. Unlike President Trump – who has rolled again the Affordable Care Act and undermined Medicaid – Biden won’t cease combating till each American has inexpensive well being care by increasing ObamaCare, bettering public well being, and making certain high quality nursing houses.

Biden has at all times understood that tens of millions of African-Americans are a part of the workforce that stands on the entrance traces to defend and serve our nation, however stay in the back of the road on the subject of pay, advantages and fairness within the office.

Biden is aware of {that a} caring authorities doesn’t ship folks to work on the entrance traces of a disaster with out applicable gear.  He will combat for hazard pay, additional time pay and a dwelling wage for staff in our hospitals, supermarkets, legislation enforcement companies, public transit and elsewhere.

While Trump tweets his offended outbursts, insults and false claims virtually across the clock in a nonstop mood tantrum, Biden is concentrated on public service and fixing the issues confronting our nation based mostly on info quite than emotion.


Behind the tweets and feedback of any political chief, what’s in your coronary heart is mirrored within the actions you are taking. In this election it’s not even an in depth name as to who will assist communities of shade, the poor and our struggling center class. Thesc communities want this backing now greater than another time in our lifetime.

Will Biden be pitch-perfect on all issues of race, tradition and politics? In the wake of his assist for insurance policies just like the bipartisan 1994 crime invoice, black voters can be adamant that Biden do extra to assist these searching for to revive their voting rights and to deal with African-Americans justly.

The Biden Plan for Black America explains intimately how the previous vp’s insurance policies would profit African-Americans and is price studying.


For now, I’m going to just accept Joe Biden’s apology and proceed to carry him and the social gathering that I as soon as led accountable to be greater than black like me.

I would like the Democratic Party and a President Biden to be advocates for justice and equality for all Americans. But one factor is for certain: they’ll do a much better job than President Trump and the Republicans if Biden winds up within the White House.