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Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy: Thorny questions for African Americans – Mohamed Hamaludin

Joe Biden

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Political analysts dubbed Joe Biden the likely Democratic presidential nominee even before he entered the race. His supporters believe, Jill Filipovic wrote in The Guardian on April 3, that “only he can win back the white working class voters who supported Trump in 2016. The presumption behind that argument is clear: that white votes simply matter more, and are more legitimate, than the votes of those who make up the Democratic coalition: people of color, young people, women.”

But black votes also matter and Biden’s history in the U.S. Senate, as recalled by Adolph L. Reed and Cornel West, on May 1 in The Guardian, and Andrew Cockburn, in March’s Harper’s Magazine, is problematic for African Americans in particular. Cockburn noted that while Biden boasts of a bipartisan prowess, his Republican allies included the late Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, dubbed by Cockburn “a tireless defender of institutional racism,” and the late Jesse Helms of North Carolina, a “hall-of-fame racist.” The collaboration was devastating for African Americans.          Continue reading

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