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Black Americans are in an abusive relationship with the Democratic party

The Guardian
Derecka Purnell
The GuardianMay 22, 2020


Black Americans are in an abusive relationship with the Democratic party
I am very tired of Joe Biden. My vote for him was already hanging by a thread before his disastrous interview with Charlamagne tha God on Friday. Interrupting the Breakfast Club host’s explanation that black people needed assurances that our communities will benefit from his presidency, Biden asserted: “If you’ve got a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t black.”

Again, I am very tired of Joe Biden. Not because I am a purist, or have inflexible ideological commitments of what it will take to remove Donald Trump from office. But rather because Biden’s condescension towards black communities is intolerable.

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I want to believe that Biden’s condescension started after the respected senator James Clyburn called the former vice-president an “honorary black man” at a private dinner in March. But his mistreatment of black people, verbally and politically, is decades old, and is a reflection of the Democratic party in general.

Throughout Biden’s career, he has boasted about his ability to bridge partisan divides by sacrificing the needs of black people and poor people in the name of “compromise”. For the last 30 years, Biden has repeatedly talked about freezing, cutting, or raising the age for social security and other benefits – as much as $2tn one time. His response to concerns that these cuts would hurt the poor? “We’re going to do lots of hard things … we might as well do this.”

Social security is an important program for black people, especially as we age. Among African Americans receiving social security, 35% of elderly married couples and 58% of unmarried elderly persons relied on it for 90% or more of their income. The reliance is not due to laziness or spending habits – people of color and white people make similar choices and contributions to retirement – but due to racism, lack of workplace retirement plans and barriers to accessing high-paying jobs.

“They know where my heart is,” Biden has said, of black voters.

But do we?

Senator Kamala Harris was severely scrutinized for her treatment of poor black women as a prosecutor – yet Biden’s criminal justice record makes Harris look like Thurgood Marshall. Biden authored and successfully passed the $30bn 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. Besides putting 100,000 additional police officers in the streets, the crime bill distributed funding for new prison construction, encouraged prosecutors to charge children as adults, and even added the death penalty for 28 new areas, including drug-related offenses. Pushing for further criminalization, then senator Biden argued that George HW Bush’s crime plan did not go far enough because it did not “include enough police officers to catch the violent thugs, not enough prosecutors to convict them, not enough judges to sentence them, and not enough prison cells to put them away for a long time”. An older black generation fought through Jim Crow only for Biden to help make sure that their children and grandchildren lived through a new Jim Crow.

On the House floor, Biden compared his criminal justice approach to Richard Nixon’s law and order stance: “I would say, ‘Lock the SOBs up.’” Black people were arrested in droves following this bill, despite comparable drug use rates to white people; many are still sitting in prison today. Biden has since acknowledged flaws in the bill, but last summer he reiterated his support for the bill. The law spent $30bn but contributed to only a 1.3% decline in violent crime. He has yet to call for it to be repealed.

Today, some cities plan to expunge marijuana records and hope to pay reparations to black people formerly incarcerated for marijuana offenses. But Biden can’t seem to let go; he is inconsistent and ambivalent about marijuana legalization. He has argued it may be a gateway drug, a statement he has since dialed back. Of course, keeping marijuana illegal at the federal level does not mean that people will not use it, but rather that the extra police that he put on the street will send people of color to jail for using it. Ironically, the police were probably nowhere to be found when Biden’s friends George W Bush and Barack Obama used marijuana. If anything, the drug seems to be a gateway to the White House.

Despite attempting to cut social programs and increasing mass incarceration, Biden claims to care about black families. But he doesn’t seem to know many. During the September 2019 Democratic debate he claimed that poor families should put on a record player so their children will know more words. Recently, during an interview with the New York Times editorial board, he argued that poor black parents feel ashamed because they cannot read and skip parent-teacher conferences. He was hoping to encourage them to be better parents. But his assertion is incorrect. Black and white parents have comparable participation rates overall and attend parent-teacher conferences at the exact same rates. In fact, black parents and poor parents are the most likely to check their children’s homework and meet with guidance counselors. Biden instead relied on stereotypes that black people are not involved in their children’s lives.

Harris forced Biden to confront his work with racist elected officials to stop integration efforts using school busing. That was not his only education mistake. Biden played a significant role in creating the student debt crisis, including making student loan discharge “nearly impossible”. This is devastating to black people, who disproportionately carry school debt. While the average school debt for black women with a bachelor’s degree is about $25,000, that level of education does not provide the same level of financial security for black women as it does other groups, including white people with less education (primarily because of sexism and racism).

Again and again, Biden’s relationship with black Americans, like the Democratic National Committee’s relationship, has been patronizing at best and actively harmful at worst.

Biden’s friendship with one black person does not mean that he’s a friend to black people
Some black people will support Biden because of his association with Barack Obama – even though Obama himself doesn’t seem especially excited about Biden becoming president. The Obama days feel distant yet warm compared to Donald Trump’s current presidency. But remember: Biden cycled millions of black people in and out of jail, voted for massive numbers of poor people to go to war in Iraq, threw Anita Hill under the bus to confirm a conservative justice to the US supreme court, and, under Obama’s administration, helped to deport millions of immigrants and bombed brown countries. When Biden was vice-president, black home ownership and wealth declined significantly, even as it rose for other races. Biden’s friendship with one black person does not mean that he’s a friend to black people.

The Democratic party holds black people in an abusive relationship but says you cannot leave because the other option is more abusive. That’s why I don’t believe that a vote against Biden solely means a vote for Trump. Perhaps it is a vote against being captured by the party that makes empty promises every four years when it is election time, and delivers nothing. Perhaps it is a vote against the crime bill, drones and deportations. Perhaps it is a vote against covert and overt racism.

Biden and others will rightfully argue that Trump is worse, and I agree. But what can Biden actually deliver? Will there be fewer drones if he’s president? Maybe not. Fewer deportations? Maybe not. Less money to police departments? No. Will fewer black people die from police? Unlikely. Will black people have healthcare? Unlikely. Will black wealth increase? Unlikely. Will Palestinian lives be safer? Unlikely. Commitments to preserving our climate? Doubtful. If black people have a hard time figuring out the differences between Trump and Biden, then that is Biden’s problem, not ours.

Joe Biden refuses to reckon with the harm that he has caused to people all over the world. His best line is that he is better than the other guy, and that is exactly how abusive relationships function. Black people – all people – deserve better than Biden and the Democratic party. And yes, we are still black.

Derecka Purnell is a social movement lawyer and writer based in Washington, DC. Guardian US columnist

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Biden's former record is actually enough to make African Americans question a vote for him.

It is not necessary dissect a statement he made [obviously out of jest] into being 'condescension' because you don't like Biden or because you don't like his record.

A Black/African American [bi-racial] politically astute Harvard educated lawyer, Constitutional Law Professor and former Senator,  chose Biden as his Vice President, former political record and all.

Biden is really a republican in democrat clothing, just like Amy Klobuchar, whom he's probably already chosen to be his running mate, since he clearly 'dissed' Stacy Abrams, whom he had obviously lead to believe that he would be announcing her as his running mate on the Jake Tapper show, only for her to find out the opposite was true in such a dirty way.  

For this, Biden most likely can kiss at least half the Black vote goodbye, which means that once again, Trump will be in the White House, because of democrats' belief that they can 'diss' Black people and still get elected.  [Democrats didn't learn from the last presidential election.]

What African Americans should be worried about is the Racist, Fascist, Nazi dictatorship that is set to unfold upon the re-election of Donald J. Trump.

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  At this doesn't matter who becomes president.  As long as it isn't the one we have now.  I agree with you Sunnubian…...African Americans should be aware of the fascist, Nazi and dictatorship coming to America.  But we have had more than that to be worried about since being kidnapped and brought to this country.  Our real problem is with each other.  There is no unity-unless of course we are protesting about something with very little resolve.  Proof is?  Massa hasn't stopped killin us.   We as blackfolks don't even treat each other our micro family our friendships with each other  and particularly there is no solidarity in the community.  This is why it's so easy for massa to come back and drop a bomb on us.  Cuz massa sees his plan has worked. After the civil rights achievements...15 years or so later we start killing each other while poisoning our community with drugs and violence.   Then the gangs did the rest of the destruction.  We as a people are still ashamed about what happened to us in slavery that we refused to come together as a culture.  And as soon as one i.e. male or female gets any kind of money, that person is gone out of the hood-to hang with massa and his children.  Our men with means and status of power marry or hook-up with massa's children and totally abandon black culture-many times don't even wanna talk about being black in mixed company. 

So first we have to accept the fact that our African men and boys were kidnapped FIRST from West Africa by European monsters-sodomized during the middle passage-brought to the Americas to work the crop plantation and breeding/sex farms and emasculated.  Our men have to accept that as fact.  [and accept that they have no true "memory" of their masculine role in Africa]  After accepting all of that, then we can discuss that after massa realized that it is African women who grow the crops not African men-and most importantly when massa realized he needed more slaves to work his fields and no matter what he did to the African male, he couldn't procreate to make more slaves.....he had to truck his ass back to Africa and kidnapped the African woman.  We as a people gotta talk about this and clear the air once and for all.  It's still a lot of stuff kept from African Americans in terms of what happened during slavery but if we start here we can work on the emotional dilemma that's keeping us stuck.  Then we can talk about the Native Amerindian and relationship with them.  But we have to talk about it all-no more pretention. No more lies.  Otherwise, massa will win.  Bottom line.  

We are nation builders and America is our latest prove of that.  We come from a high esteem intelligence and we need to know that is the reason why massa hates us so.  Cuz now, massa is using his same old tactic he used in prior wars i.e. bio chemistry i.e. disease based weapon to commit genocide against a group no longer needed.  He did it to the Native Americans-now he's doing it to us.  You think once massa found out that smallpox was killing all his savage enemies he was gonna social distance?  Hell nawl.  Massa went on to send Chiefs of large tribes blankets contaminated with smallpox as gifts.   Cuz he knew it would be a matter of time the leaders of Native Amerindian tribes would be dropping like flies fast and the people would follow suit.  And they did to the point where there is only five civilized tribes of Native Americans left in this country today.  Five!  So.  This is massa's history of people elimination.  And btw it's not the virus that is killing us-it's not having the accessibility to adequate medical care with treatments like using expensive ventilators-hell massa aint gon spend that kind of money on us!  And what did the prez say?  Something like:  Im not buying anymore ventilators   And  what's deadly for us is not knowing exactly what the virus is and how it kills.   And remember just yesterday the prez said:  If there's a second wave of coronavirus, I aint closing the country.  He only closed it to see who will die more and once he saw it was us?  He suggested ingesting bleach and other harmful deadly treatments to cure it.  Like blackfolks were gonna just do that.  He was banking on it! 

The thing is.  We only have us but we don't even want to do all we can to help us..... survive.   I see some black folks not wearing masks.  Talking crazy shyte about being "free." I wanted to say so bad, mofo you ain't free now.  So what in the hell are you talking about?  Not wearing a mask is not gonna make a difference-cuz for years we wore the mask to stay alive.  Today it is really sad to see.  Cuz this is some real life or death serious stuff this time and the key is to stay safe until we know for ourselves how this disease is gonna react through the seasons.  Can't trust what massa say.    He's done this so many times before.  I remember when the Nazis told the Jews they were serving jam and bread on the train but they had to go for a ride [unbeknownst to them to the gas chamber].  How many hungry Jews got on that train thinking they were just going for ride while eating some bread and jam?  A whole lot.  So.  It can happen again and is happening again.   Just sayin But!       

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This PLANDEMIC is nothing more than a Coup de 'Etat on Democracy, America and other non-Fascist Nations.

It is also being used as the Social Conditioning tool  to  Condition Americans [and other people round the world] into giving up their Civil and Constitutional Rights (and Freedom) while being too busy trying to stay healthy or alive. 

Too bad that it will be 50 years [if ever] from now before the TRUTH about this "Novel Corona Virus" is revealed to the general public.

First, it's a "Virus" , but when questions raised about it's TRUE origin, then "it's not alive", when implied that it has to be Man-Made if it "is not a live", therefore, should not be "spreading", then it's back to being an "an organism" that happens to be "able to replicate itself", (even though "it's not alive", you know, like a damn rock or dead tree branch, but a rock or dead tree branch that can "replicate itself").

Something that "is not alive" that can "replicate itself"


Sounds like "Night of the Living Dead" part 2019, or, like something made in a lab that has been Genetically Engineered to "replicate itself".


Did we have this debate a few years ago and when Black people had a little power, many decided NOT TO VOTE?   And cuz of that?  We are knee deep in bullshit now to the point where the police are still killing black men....and now a designer disease is doing the rest of the  killing of black people. So.  Ummmmm.   Wonder where all those debaters are now?  Wonder what they got to say now? Im not right all the time-I don't try to be.  Im flawed just like most humans....but! I proudly believed in my president all through his presidency and know that when he left office, "the nation’s public health emergency preparedness was at least 98% on every key measure (BV Huff). Trump said Obama left nothing. Another famous Trump lie! Plus every time I said something to defend my president the debaters wanted a cited source. So here we are today where I hear nothing but blasting silence from the loudest now invisible Obama haters on this site. Wonder if they stocked up. Just askin But!


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