Comments about why people were able to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic made by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden highlight the former vice president’s propensity for racial insensitivity. The most recent tone-deaf comments were made during an event in mid- September, Fox News reported.
Biden’s comments were captured on video and have recently gone viral. Speaking on September 15 Biden said, “They’re saying, ‘Jeez, the reason I was able to stay sequestered in my home is because some Black woman was able to stack the grocery shelf.'”
Biden received criticism via social media for his comments.
“This should spark a lot of conversation about the morality of the lockdowns and how we’ve made lower-income Americans into human shields,” Ricochet editor Bethany Mandel wrote on Twitter.
“What???? And Black folks STILL giving him a pass!” National Diversity Coalition for Trump CEO Dr. Darrell Scott exclaimed.
“Close your eyes. Picture Trump saying this. Now picture the media reaction. Enjoy your evening!” The Hill reporter Joe Concha Tweeted.
Concha’s comment is especially cogent both because of the way the media has treated the two candidates during this election season and also because Biden has accused Trump of being a racist. The truth is that it is Biden that has a history of making comments that are insulting to minorities.
During August, at an event for black and Latino journalists, Biden compared the 2 communities. “What you all know, but most people don’t know. Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” the former vice president said according to ABC News. “You go to Florida you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona. So it’s a very different, a very diverse community.”
It is unknown whether Biden knows that blacks in the United States have diverse origins, coming not only from Africa but the Caribbean and Latin America.
Perhaps Biden’s most infamous remark this year was made back in May. In an interview with Charlamagne tha God on “The Breakfast Club,” Biden said, “I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
But the former vice president’s lack of sensitivity goes back farther than 2020. Last year at a campaign event in Iowa in August, Biden said, “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.”
In June of 2019, Biden was attempting to tout his ability to work with anyone while he was in the Senate. He referenced his good working relationship with Senators James Eastland of Georgia and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, both staunch segregationists. “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” Biden said. “He never called me boy. He always called me son.” Fellow Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren were all critical of Biden’s comments.
Also in June 2019 Biden, author of the Senate version of the 1994 Crime Bill, spoke about the need for criminal justice reform. “We’ve got to recognize that the kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger,” Biden said. Senator Cory Booker responded to Biden’s words saying the former vice president “needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way.”
Biden’s problems did not start with the current election cycle. While a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in February 2007, Biden said that fellow candidate Barack Obama was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.” Biden was later forced to apologize for this statement.
Neither have Biden’s careless words only targeted blacks. In 2006, as a Senator from Delaware, Biden was caught on tape saying, “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
Biden undoubtedly was not joking. Spontaneous remarks like the ones above often reveal the true character of a politician.