When it comes to the subject of race in America, we are at a point in our history where public comments on the subject deserve all of the tact and conscience that we can muster. The rise of hate crimes alone is reason enough to avoid poking and prodding around within the narrative, especially for the sake of a quick laugh.
Furthermore, the current political condition that we find ourselves in demands eloquence and sincerity when pontificating on such a sensitive subject.
As you can imagine, President Joe Biden might not be everyone’s first choice for such a task, but that hasn’t stopped him from putting his foot directly into his mouth this week.
President Biden made a controversial declaration during a Black History Month event Monday, saying, while he might be a “White boy,” he isn’t “stupid.”
At a White House reception, Biden appeared to hit Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., when he declared, “It’s important to say from the White House for the entire country to hear: History matters. History matters and Black history matters. I can’t just choose to learn what we want to know. We learn what we should know. We have to learn everything, the good, the bad, the truth, and who we are as a nation.”
But it was another statement from the event that went viral when Biden was boasting about his knowledge of the Divine Nine historically Black fraternities and sororities.
Then came the shudder-inducing moment:
“I may be a White boy, but I’m not stupid,” Biden said, as the crowd laughed. “I know where the power is. You think I’m joking? I learned a long time ago about the Divine Nine.”
The rebukes came hard and heavy.
X Strategies LLC senior digital strategist Greg Price tweeted a clip from the event, then wrote, “FACT CHECK: Joe Biden is both white and stupid.”
Steve Guest, special adviser for communications for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, replied with a clip of a previous racially controversial statement Biden made, “FLASHBACK— Biden: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.”
Former congressional candidate Bernard Claston wrote, “He is saying white people are the only ones who can be racist. That is the Marxist definition of racism bias +power. As they believe whiteness is the reason for racism.”
Just days ago, President Biden was criticized for his use of the word “boy” to describe Maryland’s first black Mayor Wes Moore.
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