We Need to Talk About Joe Biden’s Interview With The Breakfast Club

In November all of America is going to go out to the ballots and determine the fate of our country. Now, I’m going to be frank—I am voting for Biden. That is a fact. As we can all tell, he is the lesser of two evils.

We either vote for the Russian-loving, racist, misogynistic, bigot or the Southern old white man that whispers into little girls’ ears. In terms of the fate of our country, I’d rather take my chances with the Southern old white man.

This Friday, Biden had an interview with Charlamagne tha God, the co-host of the radio show “The Breakfast Club”.

Before the end of the interview Biden ended on this note:

“You’ve got more questions? Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black. Take a look at my record, man!’

First thing I would like to address, Biden keeps referring to Charlamagne as “man.”

“I’m following the rules, man”

“Totally different, man”

Imagine a white guy calling you his main man. Exactly. Biden tries to make his own version of a “blaccent.” He is trying to make himself relatable to the black community. Newsflash—it’s not working.

You don’t endear yourself to black people by trying to talk the way you believe they do. You endear yourself to black people—hell, all people—by being genuine. Imagine if Obama went on Ryan Seacrest’s show and started calling him “dude” after every sentence.

Secondly, Biden keeps telling Charlamegne to “take a look at my record, man”

Here we go again with the “man” but that isn’t the point. the point is that we don’t care about your record. In fact, if we actually look at your record you might just not get the black vote that you are hoping for.

To those of you reading this, do you guys remember his racist backhanded compliment that he gave Obama? No, let me refresh your memory.

Before he became Barack Obama’s running mate, he took a shot at America’s soon-to-be first black president that was just dripping in racism.

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Biden later went on The Daily Show and apologized for using the word “clean,” saying he should have opted for the word “fresh.” He did not address the “articulate” part of his statement, which is a classic racist backhanded compliment that typically conveys a sense of surprise that a black person can speak clearly and with gravitas.

How about when he eulogized one of America’s most famed racists?

Perhaps there is no better summation of Joe Biden’s Senate career than the fact that America’s most famed 20th century congressional racist asked him to speak at his funeral. Strom Thurmond staged the longest filibuster in American history, speaking for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the 1957 Civil Rights Act. During his run for presidency in 1948, Governor Thurmond said “There’s not enough troops in the army, to force the southern people to break down segregation and admit the n******* race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes, and into our churches.”

When confronted with this quote in 1988 (by the time Biden claimed Thurmond had changed into a more tolerant man), Thurmond responded with “I was just trying to protect the rights of the states and the rights of the people. Some in the news media tried to make it a race fight, but it was not that.”

Lastly, Biden’s manifesto.

I don’t know how I feel about Biden’s manifesto, but he has one and it sounds promising, I guess. Biden mentioned his manifesto after Charlamagne pressed him on his reluctance to admit to his role in locking black folks up. Biden started rambling but nothing he said sounded like, “I’m sorry.”

The New York Times did a whole piece on how Biden’s been trying to downplay his role in the mass incarceration of black and brown people. Biden’s history of working with segregationists on major crime bills is extensive, but no matter what he says now, just remember that this was his boast on the Senate floor:

“The truth is, every major crime bill since 1976 that’s come out of this Congress, every minor crime bill, has had the name of the Democratic senator from the State of Delaware: Joe Biden.”

Needless to say, Biden’s interview didn’t go over to well with black twitter, let alone the black community. However I am still voting for him in the upcoming election and I think you should too, but not because I like him or because he is the right man for the job. It’s because I’d rather have him than the Russian-loving, racist, misogynistic, bigot who wants us to inject bleach into our veins.

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Nathan Odige