Biden Tells Black Americans He Will Have Their Back. He Won't

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In his first speech since the corporate press declared him the winner of the presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden gave a shout-out to the black community for supporting him. But if he does secure the election, black folks shouldn’t raise their expectations of a Biden presidency. In fact, there is an indication that black people are already aware of this. 


During his speech, Biden acknowledged black voters, who overwhelmingly supported him. “The African American community stood up again for me. They always have my back, and I’ll have yours,” Biden said in front of a crowd in Wilmington, Delaware. “I said from the outset I wanted a campaign that represented America, and I think we did that. Now that’s what I want the administration to look like.”

Exit polls show that about 87% of black voters supported the former vice president. He received less support from the black community than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. 

But there’s a factor that most are missing when it comes to black voters. As The Hill pointed out, “Black voter turnout was at a 20-year low in 2016, and the bloc was targeted aggressively by both the Biden and Trump campaigns.”

In 2020 black Americans showed up to the polls in increased numbers in battleground states like Georgia and North Carolina. “Exit polling is showing that black voter participation is up across the board,” Brandon Upson, founder and executive director of Amplify Action told The Hill. 

What these folks don’t want to admit is that black voters didn’t turn out in higher numbers because they love Joe Biden. They showed up to vote against Trump. 

If Biden wins, most rank-and-file black folks know that his administration won’t affect much positive change in their communities despite the flowery promises coming from the left. And no, they are not impressed with Kamala Harris as she was chosen to appeal to white liberal women, not black people. 


Despite what black leftist commentators say, black people saw how Biden’s team treated Ice Cube when he approached them with his Black Contract for Black America. If the former vice president ends up occupying the Oval Office, it’s highly unlikely that they will call Cube to further discuss his plan as they promised. 

There was never any chance that Trump would win most of the black vote, but he still increased his support among blacks considerably. Regardless of the outcome of the presidential election, Trump has shown that it is possible to begin making inroads in the black community. In so doing, he removed any excuses that the GOP establishment might use to continue avoiding African American voters. 


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