The hard news stories on the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd flipped the page and away from the soft news story of Joe Biden’s self-described “cavalier,” statement: "you ain’t Black" if you're struggling to decide whether to back me or Trump. Instead of sharing our view, let us first share the views of two of our Port Of Harlem Facebook friends:
“Joe Biden said something stupid - as he has for decades. Joe Biden has foot-in-mouth disease. But, to be clear, he immediately apologized. (He didn't say that he "never apologizes.") He didn't pretend that he was "being sarcastic." He didn't deflect by blaming another high profile politician. He didn't have any army of defenders pretending that we didn't hear precisely what we heard. He wouldn't have been chosen to be the running mate for our ONLY Black president if he were racist. And he CONDEMNED these folks instead of calling them "very fine people."
-Larry Smith, Indianapolis, IN
“Trump came to political power questioning the legitimacy of the first Black President. Trump said he doesn't want people from "s### hole" (black/brown) countries in here. Trump told 4 American congresswomen of color to "go back to the countries you came from." Trump loses his s### every time he's questioned by a reporter of color. Trump said any Jew who votes Democratic is betraying Israel.
And I'm supposed to get upset because Biden questions the intelligence of any Black person who supports Trump???
-Steve Fair, Bowie, MD
During the period when too many voters and potential voters focused on Biden’s words, we shared these following links to encourage people to focus on deeper issues that could affect how they interpret Biden’s words and actions.
On The View, Representative James Clyburn was a bit Biblical: "In this instance, Joe did not do as well as I hoped in responding, but I will say this, I go about my business every day comparing Joe Biden to the alternative, not the Almighty."
In Port Of Harlem’s opinion, superficially, many have tried to rope Biden with his Crime bill, a bill that many Blacks supported as well. Going beyond the very simple headlines, this is one article that conjured up my weak memory of the situation when the bill was popular. The Crime-Bill Debate Shows How Short Americans’ Memories Are.