Racism? Biden Tells Crowd in 49% Black City That Romney Will "Put Y'All Back in Chains"
Kyle Becker | On 14, Aug 2012
The Obama campaign has now made race-baiting an official talking point for the next few days within the media after Vice President Joe Biden’s Danville, Virginia appearance.
As noted by the Washington Times:
Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s gonna let the big banks again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street” Mr. Biden said of the presumptive GOP nominee at a campaign rally in Danville, Va. The vice president then lowered his voice and added, “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
To start with, beleaguered Obama spokesperson Stephanie Cutter responded to media queries on Biden’s presumed gaffe, saying, ”The bottom line is that we have no problem with those comments.” This is the same Stephanie Cutter that lied about the Obama campaign’s connection to a despicable SuperPac ad that all but made Mitt Romney out to be responsible for a woman’s death and who boasted about Obamacare raiding Medicare for hundreds of billions.
So is this statement really racist? Ben Shapiro of Breitbart thinks so:
The southern accent Biden adopts for that last line is deeply disturbing; it’s a clear reference to slavery. The city of Danville, where Biden was speaking, has a black population of 48.6 percent; 19.8 percent of all Virginians are black. Those facts surely did not go unnoticed by Biden. This is race-baiting as its finest. It is despicable.”
Was Biden really race-baiting though? NYMag.com weighed in on the issue as well:
We guess the question is, if Biden wasn’t making a wildly provocative allusion to slavery, what was he doing? Possibly, making a still-over-the-top but not as provocative allusion to the perils of an unrestrained financial industry.”
We aren’t going to sit here and hammer Biden for his remarks and wonder if they are racist or not, because at the end of the day, it was likely just Joe Biden making an unbelievably stupid off the cuff remark that was subconsciously alluding to slavery of some sort, regardless of race.
However, let this be clear: the fact that we are even having this discussion is concerning. Conservatives will cry “Racism!” while liberals will shout “Lies!”, but if Biden had simply thought about where he was and what he was saying, he may have realized that it may not be a good idea to make any sort of reference to slavery in a city with a population that is half-black.
This whole debacle begs the question: do you really want Joe Biden of all people to be the guy to take the reins of the country if something happens to President Obama? A man that can barely go a month without sticking his foot in his mouth and inspires conservatives and liberals to question the racist undertones of a statement is not worthy of the position. The continual lack of presidential distinguishment shown by Joe Biden only serves to be a testament to why you shouldn’t vote for Barack Obama; anyone or any party that chooses Biden to be the ‘Number 2’ clearly doesn’t know what they’re doing.
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As if that’s not enough, watch Joe Biden (during the exact same speech) inspire Danville, Virginia residents to help him win North Carolina…