During a speech on Thursday, President Joe Biden referred to pitcher Satchel Paige as “the great negro.” Biden has a history of referring to black people in a negative way.
“Thank you for your service to our country. I want to tell you, I know you are a little younger than I am, but I have adopted the attitude of the great negro at the time — pitcher in the Negro league who went on to become a great pitcher in the pros…” Biden said. “His name is Satchel Paige. On his 47th birthday, he pitched a win against Chicago. All the press went in and said it‘s amazing, 47 years old.”
Biden’s comments towards black people has been an issue for him in the past. Leading up to the 2020 election, Biden told the black community that if they don’t vote for him, they “ain’t black.”
The comments came during an interview with radio show host Charlamagne in New York City. Charlamagne told Biden that he had “more questions” for the then-former vice president.
“You’ve got more questions?” Biden said. “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
The comment was not only racist, but it was also “voter intimidation” according to opinion writer Paris Dennard who reacted to the comment in USA Today.
Check out what he had to say:
Much attention has been rightfully devoted to bigoted comments former Vice President Joe Biden made during his Friday interview with “The Breakfast Club” when he had the audacity to say “Well I tell you what, If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
As a black man who voted for Donald J. Trump for president in 2016, and plans to do so in 2020, no 77-year-old white man from Delaware has the right, authority or rationale to question my blackness or the blackness of millions of Americans exercising our God-given right to be free and exercise our constitutionally granted power to vote for whomever we want, even if they are Republican.
If you only watch the sound bites of the interview, you miss his full-throated support and defense of the 1994 crime bill. Biden literally tried to convince black America that our communities weren’t destroyed, black families weren’t ripped apart, and black wealth was not stifled for generations because of a bill he designed.
Even the host from “The Breakfast Club” agrees. After the interview, host Charlamagne tha God said, “He really was one of the people on the front lines when it came to the war on drugs, and mass incarceration. If he wants to be president, he needs to fix that.”