Joe Biden & # 39; s praise for segregationists followed him to the democratic presidential debate on Thursday evening and exploded into a racial controversy that could put a big dent in his candidacy after Kamala Harris read it to him during the bus travel.
Harris, who is Jamaican-American, recorded a discussion about the thorny subject and said: & # 39; As the only black person on this stage, I would like to speak about the issue of race. & # 39;
She confronted Biden with his anti-busing attitude in the & # 39; 70 to encourage racial integration in schools and comments about working with two segregationists in the Senate.
& # 39; I don't believe you are a racist. And I agree with you if you commit yourself to finding a common foundation, & she said. & # 39; But I also believe – and it is personal, and I was actually whole – it was painful to hear you talk about the reputation of two senators from the United States who built their reputation and career on the segregation of the race in this country. & # 39;
I WANT TO SPEAK: Joe Biden & # 39; s praise for segregationists followed him to the democratic presidential debate on Thursday night and exploded into a racial controversy that could make his candidacy disappear after Kamala Harris read it to him on bus trips
In a brief exchange of views, she dropped her on the stage with the 77-year-old senator who represented Delaware, and reminded him that she was an interest beneficiary.
& # 39; And that was not only the case, but you also worked with them to be against busing. And you know, there was a little girl in California that was in second grade to integrate her public schools, and she went to school every day.
& # 39; And that little girl was me. So I will tell you that it cannot be an intellectual debate between the Democrats on this subject. We have to take it seriously. We have to trade swifty. As a California Attorney General, I was very proud to introduce a requirement that all of my special agents wear body cameras and keep those cameras. & # 39;
Biden was almost out of a hole he had dug into a donor position last week when he said he disagreed with senators who opposed civil rights but were able to move legislation.
He claimed that one of the men never told me & # 39; boy & # 39; called, & # 39; he always called me & # 39; son & # 39; in comments torn by Sen. Cory Booker as racially insensitive.
Claiming that his comments had been taken out of context, Biden refused to apologize for the comments.
Harris wouldn't let him down so easily. She sent a sharp commentary on her own racial history to the former vice president who served the first African-American president and regularly called on their relationship.
Biden replied: & # 39; It is an incorrect typing, my position across the board, I have not praised racists. That is not true, number one. Secondly, if we want to have this campaign litigated about who supports civil rights and whether I do it or not, I would like to.
& # 39; I was a public defender – I did not become a public prosecutor. I came out and left a good law firm to become a public defender, while in fact my town was in flames because of Dr. Ad's assumption. King, number one. Now number two, as the Vice President of the United States, I worked with a man who actually worked very hard to ensure that we addressed these issues in an important, important way.
He claimed: & # 39; The fact is that – in terms of bus transportation, bus transportation – I never – you could go to school in the same way because it was a local decision of your city council. & # 39;
Harris told him that that is why federal legislation created by the body to which he belonged was needed.
Biden said to her: “The point here is, look, everything I've done in my career, I ran because of civil rights, I keep thinking we need to make fundamental changes to civil rights. And those civil rights are not only African-Americans, but also the LGBT community. & # 39;
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