The Democrats have a big problem, especially if they want to run former 36-year senator Joe Biden as their presidential pick in 2020. Because the records are coming out on the former VP to the first black President of the United States confirming that in 1975 Biden embraced segregation. At the time, he called it a matter of “black pride” and argued that desegration efforts would prevent black people from embracing “their own identity” whether in schools or on buses. “I think the concept of busing … that we are going to integrate people so that they all have the same access and they learn to grow up with one another and all the rest is a rejection of the whole movement of black pride.” Whether they will tank Biden’s bid before it’s even off the ground is anyone’s guess.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Joe Biden, weighing a 2020 White House bid, once advocated continued school segregation in the United States, arguing that it benefited minorities and that integration would prevent black people from embracing “their own identity.”
Biden was speaking in 1975, when he opposed the federally mandated busing policy designed to end segregation in schools. In the past few decades, he has claimed he wanted desegregation but believed the policy of busing would not achieve it. Last year, he stated he had voted heroically to protect busing.
In 2008, after being chosen as Barack Obama’s vice-presidential running mate he said: “The struggle for civil rights was the animating political element of my life.” He appears poised to make his civil rights record a centerpiece of any campaign, telling an audience in Fort Lauderdale this week that “I came out of the civil rights movement. He added that he first became aware of what an “awful thing” segregation was as a third grader, when he asked his mother why a bus was taking black children to a school away from where they lived.