Really Joe?

By: Skylar Ribotsky 


The ever-controversial Joe Biden sticks his foot in his mouth, AGAIN! On Friday, Joe Biden was on the morning radio show, The Breakfast Club, hosted by Charlamagne tha god. When Biden was questioned about who was going to do the best job for the African American community, Biden responded saying, ”well I’ll tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re voting for me or Trump, then you ain’t ‘black’.”

 Charlamagne went on to explain that it has nothing to do with him versus Trump, he was genuinely curious being that he feels that the African American community is not represented well, later stating, “we [the African American community] have been loyal to Democrats for a long time, and the return on investment has not been great.” 

Since entering office, President Trump has had the lowest black unemployment rate(ever), the lowest black poverty, record prison reform, as well as record funding for Black Colleges and Universities. Biden’s largest contribution to the African American community was the crime bill of ‘94, which speaks for itself. While you can argue that President Trump has stuck his foot in his mouth many times what Biden said yesterday, has no bounds whatsoever. He is telling a person who they are and what they classify as. 

Well, Joe Biden, welcome to 2020, where being that vile and out-of-touch is not socially acceptable, nor are the excuses that you and your team later used. 

Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor to Trump’s campaign and African American, stated, “Joe Biden believes Black men and women are incapable of being independent or free-thinking. He truly believes that he, a 77-year-old white man, should dictate how Black people should behave.” The idea that those words so easily fell out of his mouth speaks volumes to who this man is at his core.

Instead of just owning up to the fact that his comments were vile, incredibly offensive, insensitive, and out-of-touch, Biden and his team continued to make excuses for his words. Symone Sanders, African American senior advisor to Biden’s campaign stated, “the comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest, but let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day. Period.” Well, Sanders, one cannot help but wonder, if that is what he really thought, why is that not what came out of his mouth? Politics aside, we here at the Ribotsky Institute were under the impression that it is not ok to label and stick people in boxes of your choosing, but that it is up to that individual’s free-will to support what they choose. You know the whole idea behind that great experiment we call, America.   It is rather ironic, that the Democratic party, who does not allow anyone to publicly criticize them, dishes it out in this disgraceful manner. The fact that the supposed future leader of the Democratic party is saying things like this and is this out-of-touch is rather frightening.  

If President Trump is going to be ripped apart every single time he opens his mouth, then we are sorry but, Joe Biden must be held to the same standard for the disgraceful things he said, about the African American community. If Biden feels that the concerns of the African American community are important to him, that is great, let him make that decision, and may he work to do something to better represent them. Let’s not forget that this is a free country, and it is not Joe Biden’s place to decide who someone is and what they want.  The assumption that he holds the power to do so sets us back centuries. 

Clearly Joe Biden’s plan failed because instead of convincing people how great of a president he will be, securing himself votes, all he did was offend a large community of Americans, and disgust the rest of them. No amount of apologies or explanations can take away from the words that came out of Joe Biden’s mouth, the toothpaste has been squeezed out of the container, you can’t get it back in.

But don’t just take it from us, take it from three members of the African American community:

  1. “[Joe Biden’s] saying that 1.3 million African-Americans, that you’re not Black? Who in the heck does he think he is? That is the most arrogant, outrageous comment I’ve heard in a very long time. And I take offense to that.”-Sen. Tim Scott
  2. “I held picket signs and protested segregation, while Joe Biden fought for it. I will proudly support Trump, let’s see him tell me to my face I’m not black”-Burgess Owens 
  3. “I’ve been Black for over 30 years. I was Black when I served my country in Iraq as an Army soldier. And I’ll be Black when I vote for Donald Trump in November. Shame on you, Joe Biden.”-Rob Smith 

While we shouldn’t make assumptions, it would seem that the bulk of the African American community may not be voting for Biden in November. Yet again we see another Democrats scheme for votes in an attempt to take down President Trump backfire and at this point, it is getting embarrassing.

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