Yesterday in Danville, Va (?) Joe Biden used highly racially charged and offensive language as he mischaracterized Mitt Romney’s economic proposals. Speaking with black people sitting right behind him, he said “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” This went far beyond any sense of decency or civility, and thankfully Virginia Black Conservatives are standing up. They quickly issued a response to the Vice President which I have reposted below.
OUR RESPONSE TO VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN’S COMMENTS YESTERDAY.
Members of the Virginia Black Conservatives Forum (VBC) are speaking out against recent remarks made by Vice President Biden, suggesting that Mitt Romney’s economic policies would “put [black people] back in chains.” The Vice President made his disparaging remarks yesterday at a rally in Danville, Va.
“Vice President Biden’s comments that a Republican White House would mean that blacks would end up in chains are incredibly offensive,” said Terrence Boulden, president of VBC. “The Vice President’s remarks are not a veiled reference to slavery, but are instead a very deliberate attempt to conjure up fearful images from a dark and unfortunate time in our great country’s history. Of course, no one could take the Vice President’s words for their literal meaning and that is why his words are so wrong. Such a cowardly attempt at fear mongering has no place in civilized discourse. Whether you are a member of the party of Frederick Douglass or not should not matter; what matters is that racism needs to be admonished every time it peeks its little cowardly head out of its hole in the dirt.”
“With black unemployment at its highest levels in recent history-thanks in part to the policies of the Obama/Biden administration, one would think it politically wise to steer clear of an argument that posits their administration as helpful to black Americans,” said Coby W. Dillard, founder of VBC. “The Romney/Ryan ticket presents an opportunity for both parties to have an intelligent conversation on the entitlement state and its negative impact on Americans of all races. True to form, however, the Obama/Biden administration prefers to engage in “attack and blame” politics than to present any meaningful solutions that will get Americans working, rein in our excessive spending, and renew the promise of equal opportunity for future generations.”