“I tell you, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Thus spake Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden last Friday in an interview with host Charlamagne tha God. Accomplished black people were surprised to hear they were not black.
“I thought to myself, I have been black for 54 years,” said Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican. “1.3 million black Americans already voted for Trump in 2016,” and “this morning, Joe Biden told every single one of us we ‘ain’t black.’” For Scott it was “sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and brow beat those that don’t agree.” Black Entertainment Television (BET) co-founder Robert Johnson expressed similar sentiments.
“Vice President Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not black unless they vote for him,” Johnson told Fox News. “This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that black people owe him their vote without question, even though we as black people know it is exactly the opposite.”
For former NFL player Jack Brewer, “the mask is off” and “America can see the real Joe Biden, hopefully all of my African-American brothers and sisters.” As Brewer told Fox News on Sunday, “He was the VP of Barack Obama so he hides in the closet at lot,” covering up “oppressive policies that he’s pushed since he’s been in the Senate,” the 1994 crime bill among them.
What Biden had revealed, wrote Deroy Murdock of National Review, was the view, “widely popular among Democrats,” that black Americans who fail to support the Democrat agenda are not just wrong but, much worse, “they’re not even black.” Murdoch found this “insulting, degrading and dehumanizing,” and there was more to it.
“Note Biden’s pandering use of ‘ain’t’ and ‘y’all’ when addressing blacks, including a southern accent in the latter instance.” In similar style, Hillary Clinton “exhibits the same annoying, patronizing behavior.” Larry Elder tweeted a cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface saying “I ain’t no ways tired of pandering to African Americans.” This was allegedly racist, but Joe Biden telling blacks that GOP is ‘going to put y’all back in chains’ – not a problem.” On the other hand, some blacks had no problem with the Biden statement.
“The issue wasn’t what Joe Biden said, because it was accurate,” tweeted Jamele Hill of The Atlantic, formerly of ESPN. It was “clearly a joke that didn’t land,” but if you support what Hill calls anti-black policies, “you’re still technically black but you ain’t with us.” Others were eager to clarify.
“There is a difference between being politically black and being racially black,” wrote New York Times correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her contribution to the 1619 Project. “Being born black does not necessitate being politically black,” wrote Hannah-Jones in a tweet she has since deleted.
Biden said he “shouldn’t have been so cavalier” and “no one should have to vote for any party, based on their race or religion or background,” but that failed to land with Kanye West, also a supporter of President Trump. “I will not be told who I’m gonna vote on because of my color,” West proclaimed.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made a comment by way of the new documentary Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words. “One of the things you do in hearings is you have to sit there and look attentively at people you know have no idea what they are talking about,” Thomas said. In his 1991 confirmation hearing, one of them was Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Joe Biden, and as Thomas recalled, “We know exactly what’s going on here. This is the wrong black guy. He has to be destroyed.”
For someone often unsure of his location, the day of the week, and what office he is seeking, Joe Biden does not hesitate to tell others what he thinks they are, with absolute certainty. For example, according to the former vice president, the millions of people illegally present in the United States are “already American citizens.” That would surprise countless legal immigrants and legitimate citizens of all skin shades.
Last year, Biden could have told Democrat rival Elizabeth Warren “you ain’t no Cherokee,” which would have been true. Instead, the serial plagiarist tells African Americans they “ain’t black,” which is not an original racist smear.
Back in the 1990s, Clinton assistant attorney general nominee Lani Guinier questioned the blackness of Thomas Sowell, the great scholar, economist and author of books such as Intellectuals and Race. Nikole Hannah-Jones and Jamele Hill might check out Sowell’s response to Lani Guinier: “I don’t need some half-white woman from Martha’s Vineyard telling me about being black.” By their own admission, African Americans don’t need an addled white Democrat telling them “you ain’t black,” if they fail to support him.
“Wow,” tweeted former NFL great Herschel Walker. “Does he not understand that black and brown skinned people can think for themselves? You don’t determine who we vote for.”
“Thank you Herschel!” tweeted President Trump, who has established www.youaintblack.com with the logo “Black Voices for Trump 2020.” As the president says, we’ll see what happens.