The Joe Biden outrage over ‘You Ain’t Black’ sounds suspicious
Pay attention to who is complaining before you shun Joe Biden
This post was originally published on Medium on May 25, 2020.
Show me a man over 70 who doesn’t have diarrhea of the mouth, and I’ll show you a young man who just hired Greg Cannom (Benjamin Button’s makeup artist). After the “You Ain’t Black” interview with Charlamagne Tha God — the same person who gushed over white women for years and called them “nubian white queens,” and told Amara La Negra that colorism in the Hispanic community may all be in her imagination — it’d be impossible not to notice all the outrage over presidential candidate Joe Biden’s comment.
But the question that is not being asked enough is this: “Was Joe Biden wrong?” I’m struggling with this one. From 2015 and onward, I have never personally met an African-American person who canvassed for, vouched for or voted for the golf enthusiast in the White House. Not one. Not a family member. Not a friend. In my personal social circle, I don’t even have any white people around me who voted for Donald Trump and they’re far more vocal about why. (Full disclosure: I did have to ditch a few suspicious co-workers — all white — who probably voted for him and won’t admit it.)
For African-American voters who are irate or just uncomfortable with the idea that the former Vice President Joe Biden is banking on the black vote, I get it. No one should feel so confident that someone who is anti-Trump must be willing to vote for the former Vice President. Whether you want to acknowledge that the 44th president endorsed him, he worked under his leadership for four years and they still maintain a brotherly relationship right now is totally on you.
But I would strongly advise voters to pay attention to the theme of who is the most vocal against Joe Biden and constantly reminding black voters of the “You Ain’t Black” interview. It wreaks of the same social media (and news) desperation of “Hillary’s emails.”