Presidential candidate Joe Biden inserted himself into some hot water after making a racially loaded comment about race and wealth in the country:
“We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented, as white kids…”
The obvious implication is that only non-white children makeup the impoverished children population.
After making the comment, there was an uncomfortable pause in the speech where it looks like the Democratic candidate might have just realized what he said. He continued with his speech by saying,
“…Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids, no I really mean it, but think how we think about it.”
The Biden campaign was quick to call the statement a mistake, claiming that the former Vice President simply misspoke.
To be fair, this is likely the case. Many of these stump speeches that candidates give are repeated over and over again. Sometimes, it can happen where a candidate can say the wrong word or lose their spot in the speech.
However, let’s not discount the fact that Biden does have a history of racist rhetoric.
In 2007, while speaking to the Observer, he was asked about then-candidate Barack Obama. Biden said,
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
There is very little chance that that was a case of “misspeaking.” That was a blatantly racist comment in which a white man was saying a mainstream, clean, articulate, nice-looking guy who happened to be black was a work of fiction. That was Joe absolutely being a racist.
However, Biden apologized for his racist comments, the Democratic Party (the arbiters of what is considered racist) accepted his apology, and Biden went on to become Vice President of the Obama administration.
Yet Biden’s racism didn’t stop there either. A year prior to him besmirching black people, Biden was caught on camera insulting the Indian population of his state:
“I’ve had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
All this having been said, there are two possible opinions surrounding his remarks about being “poor or white.” Either it was a mistake, as his campaign claims, or it was the Freudian Slip of a man who has exhibited racist tendencies in the past.
Tell us which one you think it is.