Biden’s record of anti-Black legislation explains why he would also be appealing to Trump supporters
Thad Baltimore, Amsterdam News reader, activist | 2/20/2020, 5:25 p.m.
An examination of Joe Biden’s record explains why he would have such strong appeal to racist white voters. From 1984 to 1988, Joe Biden partnered with segregationist Strom Thurmond on a series of “tough on crime” legislation passing a law which created the disparity in penalties between those caught with crack cocaine (Black people), and those caught with powder cocaine (white people). Additionally, Biden actually wrote the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. This legislation, which [has often been referred to] as the “Biden Crime Bill” before it became known as “Bill Clinton’s Crime Bill,” is the largest crime bill ever passed. Cumulatively, this Black-targeted and Black community enforced legislation led to the incarceration of a generation of Black Americans, devastated Black families and laid the groundwork for mass incarceration. Biden’s record of anti-Black legislation explains why he would also be appealing to Trump supporters. Voters who want to put an end to the relentless racist attacks on poor people of color understand that this has been turbocharged by Trump––the textbook example of racism. The American people deserve a better leader whose record represents that they have foresight, understanding and compassion for the type of outcomes produced by legislation. Biden’s record demonstrates that he fails in that understanding and his so-called electability panders to racist tendencies in white voters––these are the very reasons not to support his candidacy.