Once more the media got played and with that many Americans. Joe Biden’s Latin American/African American gaffe was not a gaffe at all.
Biden need not claim this gaffe
As a Black/Latino/Caribean man, AKA an Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribean married to an African American woman, I take offense to Donald Trump and the mainstream media for making Joe Biden’s comments seem like a slur against or slight of African Americans. So what did the former Vice-President say?
“What you all know but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden said in that interview. “You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona. So it’s a very different, a very diverse community.”
He made the statement within the context of talking about Latinos from countries as distinct from each other as Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela. It is ironic, as a black man, listening to a candidate I am voting for, campaigning for but have never been fond of, I understood what he was saying. And in the aggregate he is correct. I find the false sense of righteous indignation by some rather comical.
Biden has since sent out clarifying information I think does more harm than good. Joe Biden is Joe Biden. He is old-school with all the baggage that comes with it. But he was the choice of our party. Fortunately, running against a full-fledged racist like Trump makes Biden’s less sensitive statements pale in comparison. But this one isn’t one that I think needed addressing given the context. It just deflects from all the evil Trump does constantly. Keep the focus on Trump.
PS: I really take offense to nothing in America. America has given me the thickest skin possible.
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