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Biden’s ‘grocery stocking’ comments again dismiss Black Americans, say critics

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Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden is once again in trouble for using Black people as campaign props after claiming in a video, that has gone viral, that rich people, like himself, were able to quarantine at home during COVID-19 because “some black woman was able to stack the grocery shelf.”

“The American public, the blinders have been taken off. They’ve all of a sudden seen a helluva lot clearer,” Biden said on Sept. 15 in Tampa at a campaign event with veterans according to the Washington Examiner. “They’ve seen, ‘Geez, the reason I was able to stay sequestered in my home is because some Black woman was able to stock the grocery shelf.’”

Biden was blasted for the comments by Turning Point USA senior contributor Rob Smith.

“This video of Joe Biden saying he could stay in during COVID because of ‘some Black woman’ stocking grocery shelves had 2 MILLION VIEWS before Twitter suspended the other account it came from!” said Smith via Twitter. “RT so ppl know who Biden REALLY is!”

The comments echo previous remarks that Biden has made that seem to be dismissive of Black people’s ability to serve any higher purpose than to be subservient to white, liberal Democrats.

“Conservative author Dave Rubin said it echoed Biden’s much-mocked comment that ‘you ain’t black if you vote for Trump,’” says the UK’s Daily Mail.

In May, Biden replied to the prominent Black radio show “The Breakfast Club” request for more answers to questions about Biden by saying, “Well I tell you what, If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

The Democrat candidate was then pilloried by both Blacks and whites for the comments.

But, Biden’s problem is more than just unconscious racism says Paris Dennard, a prominent Black Trump supporter.

Dennard cites Biden’s championing tough-on-crime legislation in the Senate and the consequent mass incarceration of Black males as proof of Biden’s dismissive attitude to Black voters.  

“This is Joe Biden,” Dennard wrote in USA Today. “These are not gaffes. His horrible record matches his horrible rhetoric. The contrast between him and President Trump on the issues of jobs, justice, the economy, historically black colleges and universities, and even pandemic management is one that Biden is not prepared to have, especially as he insults [B]lack Americans in the process.”

Other prominent Blacks agree that it’s more than Biden gaffes at work.

“Vice President Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not black unless they vote for him,” Black Entertainment Television, founder Robert Johnson told Fox News.

“He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every Black person he meets,” Johnson added.

Rubin riffed on the May gaffe and the recently viral video.

“You ain’t black if you ain’t stocking a grocery shelf for Joe Biden,” tweeted Rubin.

“Right….so ridiculously transparent racist comments. Of all identities to assign a grocery clerk, you choose a black woman… folks need to wake up,” agreed Lisa D Woods, who is Black.

PHOTO: Alex Wong/Getty Images

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