Joe Biden’s Troubling History — The ‘Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations’

Written by K. Walker on September 16, 2019

Biden’s bizarre resurfaced “Corn Pop” story shines a spotlight on the former Vice President’s biases.

Joe Biden has claimed that he has been advocating for civil rights for decades. Considering some of his policy positions, frankly, this could be argued either way. In the 1970s, he joined forces with segregationists (bad move) to oppose busing which, admittedly, was a largely unpopular practice and there were many in the black community who opposed it. Now, some portions of his ’94 Crime Bill are being viewed as racist for being tough on crime. 

Personally, I don’t think that Joe Biden is racist in the conventional sense. But I do think that the Vice President has based his advocacy on the pervasive elitist, leftist idea that African Americans require government intervention to level the playing field because they just can’t make it on their own.

In a series of “gaffes” over the years, it appears that although Biden seems to believe that “all men are created equal” his policy positions don’t give enough credit to the African American community.

This would normally be a classic case of “implicit bias” much-touted on the woke left as evidence of the need to reform all of society but not into the “colorblind” model advocated by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. but into a self-segregated society where hierarchy is determined by levels of oppression.

Back in 2000 when George W. Bush was still a presidential hopeful, he gave a speech at the 91st annual convention of the NAACP. During that speech, he spoke about a form of bias that was less overt than slavery, Jim Crow, and redlining — the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” 

Joe Biden embodies this concept.

Over the weekend, Biden attended a memorial commemorating the 1963 KKK bombing of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 16th Street Baptist Church which injured more than a dozen people and killed four black girls — Addie Mae Collins, 14, Denise McNair, 11, Carole Robertson, 14, and Cynthia Wesley, 14.

In his address in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the main outposts of the Civil Rights movement, Biden asserts that “hate is on the rise again” implying that this is being stoked by President Trump. He invokes Charlottesville, (and by extension, the “Fine People Hoax”) as a reason that he is the one to lead the “battle for the soul of America.”

Really? Joe Biden is the one to lead us to racial unity?

If it’s “on the rise again” why should we trust the guy that was Vice President for 8 years and led to that rise?

Biden says that he is a champion of civil rights and the “original sin of slavery” must be addressed or the American Dream won’t be possible.

No American Dream for blacks, eh, Joe?

Someone ought to tell that to Kanye… and Oprah.. and Beyoncé.

And one of the finest actors alive today, Denzel Washington.

Oh, and Will Smith along with the other three famous members of his family. I shouldn’t forget the vast majority of the NBA, and NFL, as well as huge swaths of the music industry.

And someone else…

Barack Hussein Obama.

None of these people can achieve the American Dream until the United States deals with the legacy of slavery.

Leading the charge to denounce slavery 154 years post-abolition?

Joe Biden, Civil Rights Leader Extraordinaire!

You can see how he was able to make peace with black gang members in Delaware back in 1962 when he was just a lifeguard at an all-black pool in an area that he describes as a poor, black neighborhood.

Am I the only one who thought of West Side Story with that tale?

“Corn Pop” and his gang…

…coming up on Biden in the Parking lot…

…and Biden’s just playin’ it cool, boys — real cool.

Biden’s “Corn Pop” story is beyond strange. ClashDaily has already covered it here. 

But it is also revealing, as are most of his “gaffes.”

As previously mentioned, Biden sided with segregationists to oppose busing, but he did so, he says, because it was “a rejection of the whole movement of black pride.”

See that? He opposed integration and sided with racists in order to support black pride.

Yet Biden is very proud of his civil rights record.

He has advocated for increased funding for urban schools in poor neighborhoods because “poor kids are just and bright and talented as white kids.”

While that sounds like he doesn’t hold a discriminatory view of the value or ability of minorities, it does indeed imply that he believes that “poor kids” are also not white kids.

The most glaring example of Biden’s low expectations of black Americans was revealed in the last debate. In his response to the question of dealing with the legacy of slavery, Biden says that the problem is institutional racism, and then he goes off on education. He says that there should be increased funding for poor schools. He also says that other things can be done to deal with the problems at home, including that parents “don’t know quite what to do” with their own kids. He wants social workers to go into homes and teach parents how to raise their kids. Biden says that kids from a very poor background hear fewer words, so it’s important to have “the record player on at night.”

While that record player comment highlighted just how old Biden is, it was also telling that that is what he thought of poor parents — and that those parents were obviously black because the question was about the legacy of slavery.

But that’s not all Biden has done.

There was this yikes moment where he implies that a large proportion of the black community doesn’t engage in safe sex because black men think condoms are “unmanly” and black women don’t know how to say “no.”

That is just awful.

Sure, he may have meant it in a good way, but that’s precisely what is meant by the “soft bigotry” of low expectations. Do black people really need “white saviors” to sail into their communities and tell them how to behave because they just don’t know better? That’s what he’s implying.

Let’s also not forget that Biden said that Barack Obama was “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Let’s be real, this is probably what got him the job as Veep. (That and Obama had a real dislike for Hillary, but then, who doesn’t?)

For decades, Biden’s questionable racial comments have been given a pass by the Media(D).

Don’t expect that to continue, however. The Media(D) has decided that they don’t want to back the “moderate” horse, but go full-steam ahead with far-leftism and Sen. Elizabeth Warren(D-MA).

The Biden camp has even complained about the “fact-checking” and wokescolding of the young, hip, Media(D) who “just don’t get” the appeal that Biden has.

I understand it. He’s not a complete crazy person like the rest of the future 2020 Also-Rans. And that’s really complimentary considering his atrocious gaffes and mildly bigoted statements.

What I cannot understand is how he is still able to get such overwhelming support in the black community. It is really the support from the black community that is keeping Biden at the top of the Democratic heap. He and Bernie Sanders have cornered the majority of the black vote, and Biden has more than double the support that Sanders has — 41% to Bernie’s 20%.

Do they not see the bigotry?

Is it invisible to them?

Maybe it’s his self-effacing apologies for whiteness that makes them forgive Uncle Joe’s little racial “gaffes.”

During his speech in Alabama, he said that “white people” can “never fully, fully understand” racism.

This, too, is disingenuous.

It also plays into another of his biases — that white people cannot be discriminated against. He ascribes to the ridiculous intersectional attitude that all black Americans have suffered, do suffer, and may continue to suffer, from racism in modern America unless Joe Biden becomes President.

Suggesting that racism doesn’t exist against white people in 2019 is utterly absurd.

But then, Joe Biden is a white Democrat, so he probably hasn’t seen very much of it.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker