Presumptive Presidential candidate Joe Biden clearly had a problem with coherently discussing a vision for racial equity with Charlamagne tha God. But why?
The Vice President’s remarks during yesterday’s appearance on The Breakfast Club can be entered as evidence of a problem he has with holding a serious discussion about race in America.
I’ll go further than I did in the previous post: Biden’s behavior seemed to be a bit too familiar for my taste.
Like a longtime neighbor you recently employed, and who strains the personal relationship by becoming familiar and reporting to work late every day.
Or like your elderly White neighbor arriving at the damn-near-all-Black backyard cookout drunk, staring at the young azzes, and then calling out the n-word repeatedly as if it’s an ED or anti-aging potion.
If, for his past four decades in Washington, Biden never had to seriously consider an equity agenda that can improve the health and wealth of Black and poor people, why should we be surprised about yesterday’s behavior?
I’ll return to Biden’s crime bill for a moment. The legislation at the time also prompted another bill to be passed that banned inmates from receiving Pell Grants — a mindblowing act of social hatred if prison is still considered a place for social rehabilitation.
More generally, why should we be surprised at the DNC establishment’s behavior toward the poor and people of color?
Before you wonder about debating me on this point, take a look at the number of people either major party has lifted — not erased — from poverty.
Biden needs to understand that an endorsement isn’t a Black card. There was no reason for him to act so familiar with The Breakfast Club host or the show’s audience.
Okay, that may not have been fair for me to say since I don’t hand out Black cards to every person I see who walks and appears to get along with
African descendants. Also, I don’t walk around with a roll of cookout invites on my sleeve.
But I think every person, regardless of skin color, should be judged according to their values, policies, or results.
This is why Biden’s performance yesterday continues to clang in my head. His answers — besides not being sharp — struck me as if he viewed neither the interview, nor The Breakfast Club, nor the audience, as powerful platforms. Or as if he was enjoying locker room banter with the resort towel boy. I’m surprised he didn’t strike up a hot sauce discussion.
And how about the assistant who you can hear calling out to Biden that time was up, and he needed to end the interview and transition the at-home interview station to his wife Jill for another presser? I mean, no hand signals or big signs behind the camera for Joe to see? No respect for scheduling where The Breakfast Club would have a proper slice of time to discuss the issues? I can’t envision that kind of disrespect occurring on MSNBC or CNN during prime time.
In general, the Democratic Party establishment’s social conditioning and paternalistic relationship with the poor, young adults, and people of color are not sustainable for the long term-health of this party. Symptoms of fissure can be seen in the emergence of further-Left Democratic leaders like AOC, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.
Decades of paternalism can be the only reason behind this exchange between Biden and Charlamagne the God in during the interview’s closing minute:
Charlamagne the God: Look, you gotta see us when you come to New York, VP Biden.
Biden: I will.
CtG: It’s a long way until November [and] we got questions —
Biden: You got more questions but I’ll tell you, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.
CtG: It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact that I want something for my community. I would love to see —
Biden: Take a look at my record, man! I extended the Voting Rights [Act] 25 years. I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP has endorsed me every time I’ve run. The w — I mean, come on. Take a look at the record.— The Breakfast Club interview, 5/22/2020
The way Biden touts his support of the marginalized people’s right to vote as a limited-time act to be periodically extended by Congress explains plenty …
song currently stuck in my head: “só danço samba” – stan getz