Is this goodbye for Joe Biden’s political career?
While the former vice president likes to tout his dedication to civil rights, according to a bombshell report from the Washington Examiner, Biden “embraced segregation” of schools based on race in 1975.
He argued that segregation benefitted minorities and that without separate schools, black youth would struggle to find “their own identity.”
Stop the Buses!
Desegregation was a political hot potato in the mid-1970s. At the time, some students were bused to schools in neighboring communities in an effort to diversify the schools’ student bodies.
But Biden argued against these busing programs, claiming they would actually hurt blacks by removing them from their own culture.
“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,” Biden reportedly said.
The Washington Examiner reported the Biden argued that desegregation is “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.”
But the Examiner also reported that Biden claimed in 2018 that he “voted heroically to protect busing.”
Prior to that, Biden alleged that he supported desegregation but not busing as a policy.
History Always Haunts
But Ronnie Dunn, a University of Cleveland urban studies professor, has challenged Biden on that. Dunn says that even though Biden claimed he supported desegregation, his argument failed to show it.
Dunn went on to note that arguments against the busing program at the time were often racially motivated. Moreover, the professor argued that while people can grow, they must be held accountable for their actions.
“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,” Dunn said.
Indeed, if we’ve learned anything about modern politics, it’s that no one can hide from their past — no matter how much time has gone by.
You better believe if Biden formally throws his hat into the 2020 ring, this moment from four decades ago is going to haunt him.