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Joe Biden’s Opposition to Busing in the ’70s Could Haunt Him in 2020

"He’s going to have to answer for his position on this matter on the campaign trail," an urban studies professor at the University of Cleveland said.

By NTK Staff | 02.01.2019 @1:00pm
Joe Biden’s Opposition to Busing in the ’70s Could Haunt Him in 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden effectively advocated for school segregation in the 1970s while serving in the United States Senate, according to an article published by the Washington Examiner on Friday.

The Washington Examiner unearthed audio from a 1975 NPR interview in which Biden he “opposed the federally mandated busing policy designed to end segregation in schools.”

“I think the concept of busing … that we are going to integrate people so that they all have the same access and they learn to grow up with one another and all the rest, is a rejection of the whole movement of black pride,” Biden said, according to the audio. Desegregation, he argued, was “a rejection of the entire black awareness concept, where black is beautiful, black culture should be studied; and the cultural awareness of the importance of their own identity, their own individuality.”

Biden said that he arrived at this position after spending close to 300 hours researching the matter and consulting with black members of his staff, whom he openly asked whether they thought he was a “racist.”

Ronnie Dunn, an urban studies professor at the University of Cleveland, told the Washington Examiner that “opposition to busing was largely motivated by racism,” adding that without that court-ordered policy, America “would not have had a black president.”

That’s not all, though, according to the Examiner:

In September 1975, Biden supported an anti-busing amendment to a federal bill. It was proposed by Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina, a segregationist until at least the 1960s and regarded by most to be a racist. Delighted by Biden’s shift, Helms welcomed him “to the ranks of the enlightened.”

Biden also supported an anti-busing amendment by Sen. Robert Byrd, a senator from West Virginia and a Democrat who had renounced his racist past, which included being a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan and rising to the title of kleagle and exalted cyclops of his local chapter.

“I was really taken aback to find that he had actually introduced legislation with Jesse Helms. I was really struck by that. So he’s going to have to answer for his position on this matter on the campaign trail if he does, in fact, seek the presidency,” Dunn said.

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