The Joe Biden outrage over ‘You Ain’t Black’ sounds suspicious
Pay attention to who is complaining before you shun Joe Biden
Show me a man over 70 who doesn’t have diarrhea of the mouth, and I’ll show you a young man who just hired Greg Cannom (Benjamin Button’s makeup artist). After the “You Ain’t Black” interview with Charlamagne Tha God — the same person who gushed over white women for years and called them “nubian white queens,” and told Amara La Negra that colorism in the Hispanic community may all be in her imagination — it’d be impossible not to notice all the outrage over presidential candidate Joe Biden’s comment.
But the question that is not being asked enough is this: “Was Joe Biden wrong?” I’m struggling with this one. From 2015 and onward, I have never personally met an African-American person who canvassed for, vouched for or voted for the golf enthusiast in the White House. Not one. Not a family member. Not a friend. In my personal social circle, I don’t even have any white people around me who voted for Donald Trump and they’re far more vocal about why. (Full disclosure: I did have to ditch a few suspicious co-workers — all white — who probably voted for him and won’t admit it.)
For African-American voters who are irate or just uncomfortable with the idea that the former Vice President Joe Biden is banking on the black vote, I get it. No one should feel so confident that someone who is anti-Trump must be willing to vote for the former Vice President. Whether you want to acknowledge that the 44th president endorsed him, he worked under his leadership for four years and they still maintain a brotherly relationship right now is totally on you.
But I would strongly advise voters to pay attention to the theme of who is the most vocal against Joe Biden and constantly reminding black voters of the “You Ain’t Black” interview. It wreaks of the same social media (and news) desperation of “Hillary’s emails.”
Before you start listening to what this newly outraged person has to say about Joe Biden, pay attention to these social media tips first.
- What year did this user join Twitter? If it wasn’t before 2016, and you don’t see much more than a flood of tweets about politics and politicians, pay attention to the theme.
- Check that user’s Twitter name with a few keywords: Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump. Joe Biden. Maxine Waters. Eric Holder. Kamala Harris. Mitch McConnell. You will more often than not find that the views of this user are deeply conservative.
- Check that user’s Twitter name against hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter #racialprofiling #racism. You will more often than not find that this user is all about blue life and thinks legitimate racial profiling is all a big misunderstanding, overreaction or “playing the race card.” Or, this person has never talked about racism — unless it benefits Trump.
- Check that user’s Twitter name to see what this person has to say about African-Americans before “You Ain’t Black.” There will be many cases in which it really is legitimate black folks who are very much for and of the culture. But there’s also an interesting (and higher) dismissal or no mention of black people and racism — until it’s related to voting for a Republican base.
- If the Twitter image looks like an African-American stock photo or just variations of the same photo over and over again, I’m willing to bet this is someone non-black who created a new account. Now this user is passionate about racism — for today anyway.
- Look up the Bernie Bros. This is a group who is hell bent on pouting after their presidential candidate was no longer on the ballot. They are also likely to not vote at all or vote for Donald Trump again.
- Most importantly, look at the pattern of this person’s past voting record. I’ll never understand why people who don’t vote are so adamant that people join them on their couches where they can all complain about politics and do nothing. This group wants you to be a nonvoting complainer as much as the drunk guy at the party wants you to have another shot or the high-out-of-her-mind girl needs you to “puff puff pass.” For whatever reason, this person does not operate well while making useless decisions alone. (S)he needs a crew of nonvoters to feel better about helping Donald Trump get back into the White House.
People have every right to vote for exactly who they want to. If they feel that a man who thinks white supremacists are “very fine people,” that mail-in votes are a threat to his election, that immigrant children should be snatched from their parents, that Mexicans are rapists, that coronavirus should be called “the Chinese Virus” (you know the Spanish flu didn’t start in Spain, right?) and proudly discusses grabbing women “by the pussy” is the best candidate, do you. But I see through you and I’m hoping others do too. And yes, chances are much higher that “you ain’t black” if you’re pondering on Trump being your go-to candidate for the next four years. For the record though, Joe Biden did apologize. Even if he didn’t, he wasn’t wrong. This black person’s vote will not change.
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