Democrats seem to favor Biden in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. They love how he was all buddy-buddy with their idol Obama. But back in 1975 Biden seemed to be part of a different school of thought when it comes to black folk.
“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,” said Biden. Desegregation, he argued, was “a rejection of the entire black awareness concept, where black is beautiful, black culture should be studied; and the cultural awareness of the importance of their own identity, their own individuality.”
“Ronnie Dunn, an urban studies professor at the University of Cleveland and author of the book on northern segregation Boycotts, Busing, & Beyond, said Biden was making a case in favor of maintaining segregation. “That’s how I interpret that argument,” Dunn told the Washington Examiner. “That was an argument against desegregation.”
He said Biden must address the issue if he runs for president. “People have to be held accountable,” said Dunn. “We all evolve in our thinking and grow, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have to answer for our positions we held.”
Biden last year tried to do some damage control, maybe thinking about his upcoming presidential run?
“I have never, ever, ever voted for anything I thought was wrong,” said Biden, unprompted, to three former senior aides in the Obama White House. “In the middle of the single most extensive busing order in all the United States history, in my state, I voted against an amendment, cast the deciding vote, to allow courts to keep busing as a remedy. Because there are some things that are worth losing over.”
Kamala Harris brought this issue back to the forefront in a recent debate. According to the way Biden voted back then, he was for desegregation but would get wishy-washy if public sentiment became opposed to his actions. So he seemed to vote based on how the public felt about legislation, as opposed to how he may have felt.