The designated Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, 77, has caused a stir in the United States with a statement in support of African-American voters. Biden told a prominent African-American radio host on Friday that he wasn’t a real black man if he had to consider whether he supported him or President Donald Trump.
Biden (77), who was Vice President under President Barack Obama at the time, is very popular with African Americans. However, there was a heated debate on social media; many blacks criticized Biden’s statement as patronizing. Trump’s election campaign condemned the remark as “racist”. This shows that the white Biden believe that blacks are “unable to be independent or think independently,” the campaign continued.
Supposedly a joke
The radio host Charlamagne Tha God had asked Biden in the conversation for reports that he had shortlisted the white senator Amy Klobuchar for the position of the vice president. The moderator said Biden owed his victory in the primaries to black voters, so there are now calls for a black vice in the White House.
Biden replied that there were also several black candidates. At the end of the conversation, he added: “If you have a problem clarifying whether you are for me or for Trump, then you are not black.” Biden emphasized that he had been working for African Americans for decades. A consultant Bidens later said on Twitter that Biden’s remark was joking – but the debate about the hashtag “YouAintBlack” was already spreading (you are not black).
Biden can count on a majority of African-American votes in the presidential election on November 3. For the Democrat, however, it could be decisive how motivated black voters are: If they simply do not vote, but stay at home, an election victory for Biden will be even more difficult to achieve. (SDA)