It’s “Heels Up” Harris vs Creepy Joe and it is on like Donkey Kong!
Democratic Primary debate #2 wasn’t exactly the snoozefest that debate #1 was, and one reason for that was the verbal smackdown that Senator Kamala Harris(D-NY) gave to former Vice President Joe Biden.
It. Was. Bru-Tal.
Let me back up a bit because it’s sooo worth it.
During the debate, Mayor Pete was put on the spot when “moderator” Rachel Maddow asked a question regarding race relations in his city after the shooting of a black man by a white cop in South Bend on Father’s Day. That, of course, led to the issue of “systemic racism” in police departments and Harris just had to jump in on that. The half-Indian, half-Jamaican woman said, “As the only black person on this stage, I would like to speak, on the issue of race.” She set her sights squarely on Joe Biden.
Harris attacked the current Democratic frontrunner by inserting Biden’s (suddenly) scandalous stance opposing bussing as a way to desegregate schools in the 1970s. Somehow, this was never mentioned when he was running to be the Democratic Nominee for President in 2008 against the Junior Senator from Illinois, a relative unknown, Barack Obama, nor his 8 years as Vice President. Weird, eh?
Now, Biden, who served as Vice President to the first black President, is being smeared as racist or at least, “racist-adjacent” by members of his own party. Un-dirty-word-believable.
Harris, however, insists that she doesn’t believe that Biden is racist, but rather that he was wrongheaded on the bussing issue, and that he was “hurtful” when he “praised” two former Democrat Senators who opposed segregation and were obnoxiously, openly racist.
She said it was ‘hurtful’ that Biden had praised two notorious, Democratic segregationists who he served with in the Senate in the 1970s.
One, James Eastland, from Mississippi, called African-Americans ‘flesh eaters’; the other, Herman Talmadge, ran for the Senate on a pledge to stop blacks and whites eating together in the Capitol itself.
Biden revealed at a private fundraising event that Eastland ‘didn’t call me boy,’ and said of their time in the Senate: ‘At least there was some civility.’
Source: Daily Mail
That’s pretty bad. But Biden wasn’t saying that he agreed with them on race relations, just on the federal government forcing bussing via the Board of Education on local communities. The thing is, his stance on bussing looks really, really bad in 2019. The Washington Post published some of his statements from 1975, and well, in the new “woke” Democratic Party, these things just ain’t gonna fly.
Biden took a lead role in the fight, speaking out repeatedly and forcefully against sending white children to majority-black schools and black children to majority-white schools. He played down the persistence of overt racism and suggested that the government should have a limited role in integration.
“I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race,’ ” Biden told a Delaware-based weekly newspaper in 1975. “I don’t buy that.”
In language that bears on today’s debate about whether descendants of slaves should be compensated, he added, “I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation. And I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.”
So far, he’s talking about personal responsibility and questioning affirmative action. But remember, this was 44 years ago. A lot has changed in 44 years. Biden even opposed quota systems, a point on which I happen to agree with him, but, as it generally is for Sleepy Joe, it’s the way he presents it. Yikes.
Biden dismissed government efforts to impose diversity in schools. “We’ve lost our bearings since the 1954 Brown vs. School Board desegregation case,” he said. “To ‘desegregate’ is different than to ‘integrate.’ . . . I am philosophically opposed to quota systems. They insure mediocrity.”
If anything, he said, it was busing plans that were racist.“The new integration plans being offered are really just quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos, or whatever in each school. That, to me, is the most racist concept you can come up with,” Biden said. “What it says is, ‘In order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.’ That’s racist! Who the hell do we think we are, that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?”
I get what he’s trying to say — that all schools should do better, but… jeez, Joe! As a non-white woman, that statement seems a little… racist-y. It appears that he’s just defending segregation by finding an excuse to not have those “curly-haired brown kids” rubbing shoulders with his “blond-haired blue-eyed son.” But then, he gets really aggressive.
“I oppose busing. It’s an asinine concept, the utility of which has never been proven to me,” he said. “I’ve gotten to the point where I think our only recourse to eliminate busing may be a constitutional amendment.”
Biden recognized that such comments could prompt some to lump him in with racists. “The unsavory part about this is when I come out against busing, as I have all along, I don’t want to be mixed up with a George Wallace,” he said, referring to the segregationist governor of Alabama.
“The real problem with busing,” he said, was that “you take people who aren’t racist, people who are good citizens, who believe in equal education and opportunity, and you stunt their children’s intellectual growth by busing them to an inferior school . . . and you’re going to fill them with hatred.”
Source: The Washington Post [Emphasis added]
Well, that’s a yikes!
In many ways, I agree with Biden of 1975. He wanted to make the decisions to be more local.
Forced bussing was largely unpopular on both sides of the aisle. It was unpopular with local black communities as well as the white communities. It caused more problems than it solved.
A lefty op-ed on the Daily Kos in 2013 describes desegregated bussing as a “colossal failure” and incredibly unpopular. The op-ed cites a Gallup poll in the early 1970s that stated bussing was unpopular with the vast majority of Americans — only 4% of whites and a whopping 9% of blacks approved of bussing kids out of their local communities as a remedy for segregation.
I’m no fan of Big Government interventions and believe that community decisions should be made at the most local level possible.
I also support firing crappy teachers and having the same standards for education in both rich and poor neighborhoods. We still have these issues today, and progressive policies in education are only hurting poor and minority children even more. In some places, school boards have determined that it’s more important to have the teachers be the same race as the students than to have literate teachers. I think that’s the kind of B.S. that 1975 Biden was pushing back against — that only white teachers in white schools could provide a good education to students.
Thanks, 1975 Biden, for giving a succinct defense for Charter Schools.
Now the wokescolds like Harris et al. are going to pick apart his clumsy words and question his decades-long record on civil rights.
That’s what happens when you’ve been in public office for a century or two — times change and you have a loooong history to defend.
HARRIS: I do not believe you are a racist. And I agree with you, when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground. But I also believe – and it’s personal, and I was actually very — it was hurtful, to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. And, you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me. So I will tell you that on this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats. We have to take it seriously. We have to act swiftly. As Attorney General of California, I was very proud to put in place a requirement that all my special agents would wear body cameras and keep those cameras on.
BIDEN: It’s a mischaracterization, my position across the board, I did not praise racists. That is not true, number one. Number two, if we want to have this campaign litigated on who supports civil rights and whether I did or not, I’m happy to do that. I was a public defender – I didn’t become a prosecutor. I came out and I left a good law firm to become a public defender, when in fact, when in fact my city was in flames because of the assassination of Dr. King, number one. Now number two, as the Vice President of the United States, I worked with a man who in fact, we worked very hard to see to it we dealt with these issues in a major, major way. The fact is that — in terms of busing, the busing – I never — you would have been able to go to school, the same exact way, because it was a local decision made by your city council. That’s fine. That’s one of the things I argued for. That we should not be — that we should be breaking down these lines. The bottom line here is, look, everything I’ve done in my career, I ran because of civil rights, I continue to think we have to make fundamental changes in civil rights. And those civil rights, by the way, include, not only African Americans, but the LGBT community.
Watch Harris smack around Biden:
Sen. Kamala Harris confronted former Vice President Joe Biden on his recent remarks defending his work with segregationist senators. "I do not believe you are a racist … [but] it was hurtful to hear," she said. https://t.co/52FIvKbhuv #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/9iuK60rNTF
— CNN (@CNN) June 28, 2019
Biden, for his part, just kinda rolled over and took it. He did try to clap back with a dig that he was a public defender and she was a prosecutor, but it just didn’t land.
He looked so weak.
Harris twisted the knife on Twitter with this post:
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 28, 2019
Part two of that tweet, “Then she grew up to be a woman who slept her way into power” #HeelsUpHarris #MattressHarris
I don’t feel bad about Biden getting called out for siding with racists — when you live by the sword, you die by the sword, Joe.
Biden launched his campaign by spouting the “Good People On Both Sides” B.S. against President Trump.
Karma is a b*tch and in this case, her name is Kamala.
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