Doing the job the establishment media will not do, at least now that Joe Biden has become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, the Washington Free Beacon has looked into the voting record of the elder statesman. What it found should call into question the media caricature of Biden as a racial healer.
Biden, who serves as the poster boy for career politicians and the D.C. “swamp,” spent 36 years representing Delaware in the United States Senate. First taking office at the age of 30 during the Nixon administration, Biden has known virtually no other career besides politics.
In 1979, Biden voted against stripping the tax-exempt status of so-called “white flight academies,” racially segregated private schools that popped up following the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that ruled segregated public schools unconstitutional.
The fact that Biden would vote in such a way should not come as a surprise. Back when liberal Trump-haters had numerous alternatives to Biden, establishment media publications actually did do some digging into Biden’s past. New York Magazine put together an article highlighting the worst of Biden’s record on the issue of race.
From referring to state-mandated school integration as “the most racist concept you can come up with” in the 1970s to describing his future boss Barack Obama as “the first sort of mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean” three decades later, very little seems to have changed regarding Biden’s views of minorities.
Even after he became vice president to America’s first African-American president, Biden continued to make race-baiting or racially insensitive remarks. In 2012, he assured a mostly black crowd in Virginia that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would “put y’all back in chains.”
On the campaign trail last summer, Biden uttered perhaps the most outrageous statement of all: “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
The implication was that all minorities, including African-Americans, are poor. The idea that all “white kids” are not poor is equally unfounded.