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Joe Biden’s inconvenient Democratic truth: ‘You ain’t black’

By John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

Why did Joe Biden feel the need to offer contrition after his “you ain’t black” comments directed at black voters who might dare vote for President Donald Trump?

Wasn’t he just telling the Democratic Party’s inconvenient truth on matters of race and identity politics?

The former vice president and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential candidate did make noises that sounded like some sort of apology.

He said he was too “cavalier” and acted like a “wiseguy.” But it wasn’t a real apology.

Still, he had to at least make those sounds of contrition, after telling African American voters that if they don’t support him “then you ain’t black.”

You ain’t black? Yes, it’s racist. But no more racist than Biden using that same ridiculous fake Southern accent of his to tell black voters that Republican Mitt Romney would enslave them.

 

“Put y’all back in chains,” Biden said in 2012.

He’s not alone in using accents when talking down to people. Hillary Clinton did the same.

There’s nothing quite like an old white liberal telling black people what to think and how to behave.

But satire here is ill-advised. And irony died years ago.

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