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Another Biden Gaffe: Candidate gets it right on Latin community, upsets black population with comment

This guy is a gaffe machine.

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Ok, I admit it—I’m starting to feel sorry for the guy. Maybe that’s the Democrat plan: we’ll vote for Joe Biden out of sheer pity. Well, not going to vote for him but it is becoming increasingly excruciating to watch Biden mentally navigate even the simplest concepts. And on the very rare occasion he does sniff an idea out properly, he then blows it on the close. It’s like watching your great grandfather trying to explain Instagram during the aftermath of a Thanksgiving meal.

In this instance Biden got a line right about the Latin community, as we are not ethnically, intellectually, or politically monolithic. He got one unintentionally right about the black community, but then got one spectacularly wrong about African Americans. How do I know? I spring from both communities. With recent ancestors from Colombia, two hundred years before that my family was West African. So, I have more than an academic interest in the subject.

In an interview on Thursday, Biden said, “unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”

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Then he doubled down on the correct part, “Now what I mean [by] full diversity [is] unlike the African American community and many other communities, you’re from everywhere. You’re from Europe, from the tip of South America, all the way to our border in Mexico, and the Caribbean. And [of] different backgrounds, different ethnicities, but all Latinos.”

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Like a blind squirrel he got the Latins right. Not monolithic at all and we all loathe each other. Cubans are far different from Peruvians who are far different from Mexicans. And they vote different too. Want a lesson in this? Read Tom Wolfe’s “Back to Blood.” So, score one for Joe.

But his line on American blacks was wrong and right. American blacks are incredibly culturally diverse. Talk to a man actually from Africa and ask him about his opinion on American black society. Ask a woman from Jamaica on her view of Americans. Then ask an American black citizen about their views on native Africans and Jamaicans. Unless you live in the sticks, the answers won’t surprise you.

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But then, sadly, Joe was unintentionally right on black politics, as black Americans seem to vote like a virtual monolith. They are not the only demographic group that does this —Jewish Americans vote in a similar fashion— but it does say something not at all positive about ideological conformity.

After the powers that be publicly spanked him, Joe was contrite: “Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify. In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith—not by identity, not on issues, not at all… Throughout my career. I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place. My commitment to you is this: I will always listen, I will never stop fighting for the African American community and I will never stop fighting for a more equitable future.”

Biden almost had something pretty much right then he threw it away when the PC police got to him. Such is the measure of Biden’s courage and also a telling indicator of his real knowledge regarding American society.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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