Biden displays his soft bigotry of low expectations in speech about corporate ‘junk fees’ disproportionately impacting ‘people of color’

There is a certain mindset, predominately found among Democrats, known as the “soft bigotry of low expectations,” which assumes that certain disadvantaged and minority groups are incapable of reaching the same levels of achievement or behavior as others and therefore sets a lower bar of standards for them, which then actually serves to perpetuate any particular problems.

President Joe Biden has a habit of engaging in the soft bigotry of low expectations, and he did so during a speech Wednesday by suggesting that corporate “junk fees” disproportionately impact “people of color” more than anybody else, the Daily Wire reported.

“Junk fees” is a sort of catch-all term that encompasses the myriad of hidden or mandatory add-on fees that many banks and corporations, sometimes deceptively, often charge virtually all consumers for additional processing or services, or being late on payments or terminating a contract early, among other things.

Biden’s soft bigotry for the poor and “people of color”

President Biden delivered a speech Wednesday to discuss actions that his administration had already or planned to soon take to address “junk fees,” ostensibly as a means to increase market competition and ease the financial burden that many American families face.

Midway through his remarks, Biden focused on commercial airlines as an example of an industry that charges a variety of “junk fees,” such as for rebooking canceled flights, guaranteed seating, or checked baggage — or even for the seats that have a bit of increased leg room.

“Some airlines, if you want six more inches between you and the seat in front, you pay more money. But you don’t know it until you purchase your ticket,” Biden said. “Look, folks, these are junk fees. They’re unfair, and they hit marginalized Americans the hardest, especially low-income folks and people of color. They benefit big corporations, not consumers, not working families. And that changes now.”

The administration sees racism everywhere

The White House also released a blog post about the Biden administration’s initiative to take on “junk fees” and further reinforced its soft bigotry of low expectations by providing additional examples of such fees that are charged to everyone who engages in certain behaviors or services but purportedly has a disproportionate impact on minorities and the poor.

That would include things like late payment fees for credit card companies, account overdraft fees for banks, or even fees for add-on products and services in the car-buying process that, according to the administration, hit Black and Hispanic consumers more than any other demographic group.

The clear implication there, whether it will be admitted or not, is that because some certain minority groups are apparently statistically more likely than others to make a late payment or overdraw an account or choose add-ons for a new vehicle, it is somehow racist and discriminatory for banks and companies to charge fees to address those behaviors.

The issue can be addressed without racism or soft bigotry

To be sure, deceptive or hidden fees in addition to an advertised price is an issue worth addressing, and efforts to increase corporate transparency in that regard is a discussion worth having — though the level of government involvement here must also be up for debate.

That said, this and other issues can and must be discussed without injecting purported racism and discrimination into the conversation at every turn, nor should any proposed solutions be based on the soft bigotry of low expectations that sets lower behavioral and societal standards for minority groups

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