Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I always thought that ideal is what we should all aspire to.

On April 21, President Joe Biden called America a place of “systemic racism.” He should look into his own mirror. Before becoming president, then Sen. Biden co-authored laws that disproportionately punished the possession and distribution of crack cocaine, a drug mainly used by urban African Americans.

In 1977, Sen. Biden commented on public school desegregation, “Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point.”

What about Biden’s claims of voter suppression and Jim Crow? In his home state of Delaware, you must qualify for an absentee ballot, and Delaware has banned "no-excuse" absentee voting. Delaware allows only six ballot drop boxes for the entire state.

How can anyone condemn systemic racism yet support a Biden presidency?

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Bailey Jones

You make a good point, Don. Biden, like all of us beyond a certain age, was raised during a time of overt racism and legislated discrimination. Some of us, like Biden, have struggled over decades to get beyond that upbringing. We can look back on our lives and see - perhaps for the first time - the devastating effects of systemic racism that worked to our benefit and the tremendous cost to black and brown people. Others have simply decided to pretend that racism has magically disappeared, and that certainly, they were never part of it in the first place.

No one can change their past. Everyone can change their present - and that's what Biden is trying to do. Whether it's because he's changed or simply because he sees that the political winds have changed is a valid question. The answer to that question doesn't matter to me - only his actions and policies going forward. One thing is clear, no national problem can be solved until someone on the national stage calls it out and creates policies that address it - and that's what Biden is doing.

Carlos Ponce

"The answer to that question doesn't matter to me - only his actions and policies going forward." Genocide of Black America through Federal funding of abortion in this country and abroad. His KKK friend and mentor Robert Byrd taught him well. Judging people by the color of their skin not by the content of their character. That's the present, Bailey, not the past.

Bailey Jones

Federal funding of abortion has been illegal since 1980. You know this, and yet you continue to lie. Do you have any political opinions that aren't based on lies?

Gary Scoggin

Abortion is Carlos’ go to position when has nothing else unintelligent to say. It’s his sloppy method of changing the subject.

Gary Miller

Bailey> Planned Parenthood continues to get federal funding. PP continues to promote abortion. Federal funding pays PP overhead, freeing them to use abortion profits to fund abortions. Without federal funding they would have to pay overhead with profits and have less for funding abortions.

Carlos Ponce

"Federal funding of abortion has been illegal since 1980".

On January 28, 2021, Biden signed a memorandum lifting certain restrictions on abortion funding. Included is rescinding the “Mexico City Policy” which had restricted funding for abortions in other countries.

I suppose this never appeared on NPR which explains your lack of knowledge.

From Liberal Snopes:

"The policy provides a mandate against the United States funding any NGO (non-governmental organization), or other organization types, that use money for performing abortions or advocating for them, no matter where the money comes from.

In short, if NGOs want to receive U.S. funding they must refrain from allocating any part of their budget to anything abortion related whatsoever, even if they use non-U.S. fund to do so.It’s common for a Democratic president to rescind this policy during their presidency, followed by it getting reinstated during Republican presidency. This back-and-forth between administration has taken place since 1985. Naturally, Biden rescinded the policy just after being sworn into office."

Carlos Ponce

Gary Scoggin posts "Abortion is Carlos’ go to position when has nothing else unintelligent to say." And that's his position when he tries to wash the blood off his hands.

Gary Scoggin

May we all live to be as holy as you are, Carlos.

Carlos Ponce

We Christians are not perfect but forgiven and saved through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

George Caros

Drump and his present day friends like the KKK and all the rest of the terrorist. By the way he's Putin's ball washer

Gary Scoggin

My thoughts on race, crime and punishment have evolved since 1977. I imagine that’s true of many others, including Joe Biden.

Charles Douglas

Then why do people who say they have evolved, continue to support a party or a group who supports the destruction of over three hundred thousand African-American unborn babies every year ...in America? Babies which GOD gave life, anointings, gifts, and talents to? You say you changed or evolved, right? Then why support something or someone you know is wrong? There are even other babies who lose their lives to abortion, but abortion is the biggest killer of BLACK FOLKS...per year in America! Second is BLACK on BLACK crime which is prevalent in Democratic and Liberal strongholds like Detroit, and Chicago, because of unchecked crime in minority neighborhoods!

Nobody, including Obama seemed to care about this. However when a WHITE Policeman kills an African-American, then all the hate, Jim Crow, Slave Talk, Racism, and the Race-Baiters comes out! All the attacks on the second Amendment gins up! The LEFT wants to take our guns and let all criminals out of prison, and allow as many criminals as possible from around the world to cross the border and LIBERALS seems fine with that! They seem fine with sending our factories and good paying jobs to China, Mexico, and India, then promise "FATHOM" green jobs which does not exist to the masses!

Last night I watched an unreformed RACIST of the highest order stand on TV and spew out an abundance of deceptive lies of the worst kind! The worst part was that many people who heard him,... swooned over what he said like they believed him! The next speaker was a BLACK AMERICAN, like me, who knows what it is like to grow up poor and disadvantage in the SOUTH. He had to scratch and fight for everything. He like myself,... knows what it was like to be deprived and barred from walking into certain buildings through certain doors and once in certain buildings .....you were followed and watched until you approached the counter to pay up!

Senator Scott spoke from the heart, and he spoke eloquently. This man has the opportunity if he so desires,...to straighten this nation out on RACE! This nation is NOT systemically RACIST like the LEFT and Beijing Joe is claiming! The only people I see holding on to the past where Racism existed is the LEFT! They want to give away free stuff to hold on to votes and power! Free College? What good is free college going to do African-Americans who are mandated to attend the worst schools in America? I did not hear anything from Joe about school choice, or school vouchers last night! I heard about a government takeover of my life & my freedoms though! I did hear him outline how he was going to take-over those!

Raymond Lewis

A comment seemingly lost in a space and place where there are no boundaries. May be helpful for some but so destructive to so many.

Charles Douglas

I feel the same way about your comments...they are worthless to me, because they are tied to the LEFT.. and what they are trying to do in this country!

Bailey Jones

Charles, what do you consider to be the primary causes of black women choosing abortion over other forms of contraception, and of black on black homicide? I'm genuinely curious.

And do you agree with Senator Scott's statement, "America is not a racist country."

Charles Douglas

Mr. Jones, I consider forced poverty, outside support, influence, and contributed assessabilities ..by the LEFT as most of the reasons for BLACK GENOCIDE! Right now there is a cry from the LEFT to get rid of the police of this nation, as I fore mentioned above. I have heard nothing about better schools in atrocious minority neighborhoods! Why? I will tell you why. It is because that is what it takes to keep people in the right places to be used for power retention! I know there are many like me who are still on the plantation who will not agree, but I cannot worry about that! I also would like to say that Senator SCOTT is my hero ..and I plan on supporting him in whatever he plans for his future because THAT man loves Americans like me, and he caps that off by loving AMERICA too! I identify with that!

Carlos Ponce

Bailey posts, "And do you agree with Senator Scott's statement, 'America is not a racist country.' "

Kamala Harris agreed with Senator Tim Scott on this morning's "Good Morning America".

Don Schlessinger

"My thoughts on race, crime and punishment have evolved since 1977. I imagine that’s true of many others, including Joe Biden." The problem I have with Biden and all his BS about race, racism, and racial politics is he or no one in the Democratic party seems to remember those days when he was so close to the KKK and those who supported it. Democrats forget they were the face of segregation 60 years ago yet they have no problem calling anyone who disagrees with them racist today.

Bailey Jones

That's right, Don. Southern Democrats were the face of segregation 60 years ago, and modern Democrats have no problem calling out racism today - including in the southern Democratic party of 60 years ago. When will conservatives ever be able to call out the racism in their own past? Or in their own present?

Charles Douglas

The LEFT is calling WHITE kids inherently racist because they were born WHITE, so if any LEFTISTS are White ...would that mean their being WHITE makes them RACISTS also! I ask this because my "Dougie Senses" tells me this is true!

Raymond Lewis

It could be that your "Dougie Sense" is hopelessly misguided or perhaps needs a better GPS (Global Positioning System)..

Dan Freeman

The Lily-white movement was an anti-Black movement of the Republican Party from the late 19th to early 20th century. Blacks increasingly demanded more and more offices at the expense of the Scalawags.

Following the death of Texas Republican leader Edmund J. Davis in 1883, Norris Wright Cuney rose to the Republican chairmanship in Texas, becoming a national committeeman in 1889. While blacks were a minority overall in Texas, Cuney's rise to this position caused a backlash among white conservative Republicans in other areas, leading to the Lily-whites becoming a more organized, nationwide effort. Cuney himself coined the term "Lily-white movement" to describe rapidly intensifying organized efforts by white conservatives to oust blacks from positions of party leadership and incite riots to divide the party.

Lily-white movement flared up in 1928, when Herbert Hoover tried to appeal to upper-class southern whites; and again in 1932 as the New Deal coalition built by Franklin D. Roosevelt began to attract African-American voters to the Democratic Party. Due to Democrats joining Republicans in supporting the civil rights movement and Congressional passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the shift of African Americans toward Democratic candidates accelerated.[25]

Richard Nixon effectively re-enlivened the Lily-white movement with the “Southern Strategy.” Today this strategy has resulted in the domination of Southern politics by the Republican Party. It has mastered the dog whistle. Republicans now use voter ID laws and voter suppression to continue its domination.

Charles Douglas

There goes the throw off again! The LEFT is the party of Jim Crow, Race-baiting, and SLAVERY! The LEFT is the party of Segregation and lynching, ...please don't try to change history concerning that!! OWN IT! YALL DID IT! You want someone to call Emmitt Till, Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman, Ms Viola Liuzzo and others who were hung, lynched or murdered to asked them who took their lives? Keep that LAGACY, yall earned IT! Lololo.

Charles Douglas

If I hear any more talk like this I will contact "ORF!" He will give me a plan!

Carlos Ponce

The "Lily - white" movement did not represent the majority of Republicans, Dan. In the 1892 Texas Gubernatorial Election the Lily Whites nominated Andrew Jackson Houston (son of Sam Houston) who garnered only 1322 votes (0.30 % of the vote) losing badly to Jim Hogg. That's less than 1%, Dan. Regular Republicans threw their support to a Conservative Democrat George Clark who garnered 133,395 votes representing 30.63 % of the vote. The Lily-Whites were not very popular.

You post, "Richard Nixon effectively re-enlivened the Lily-white movement with the 'Southern Strategy.' ” That's a stretch.[rolleyes]

domenico nuckols

Carlos a north county bigot

Carlos Ponce

Not a bigot, domenico. And I don't live in the north county. So you're batting .000 today.

Charles Douglas

He meant " GOAT" ...[beam]

Charles Douglas

Funny how now that my brother Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, came out and challenged the world in his magnificent rebuttal speech Wednesday night saying, "America Was Not A Systemically RACIST Nation"... the President and Vice President of America, who have been saying just the opposite, BACKED DOWN publicly,...and agreed that America is NOT A RACIST COUNTRY!

They agreed that racist acts occurs here, but our nation was not a Racist Nation! It took Senator Scott an African-American with guts, integrity, and morality to stand-up to these vile RADICAL accusations labeling America as a systemic RACIST Society to stop these clowns from memoralizing this lie, and exposed those perpetuating it, even to the steps of the Oval Office!

I concur with Brother Scott, as a African-American like him who has lived in the SOUTH, whose father was a share-cropper like his was, who went to lousy schools like he did, and who lived with JIM CROW like he did, yet I will TELL YOU LIKE HE DID WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THAT AMERICA, is not a systemic RACIST Nation! Hate exists here, yes, because wherever Satan exists ...there is hate! Are there fools in america? Yes, there are as we say in East Texas, ..." A Whole-Lotta fools in America, Black, White, Brown, and Polka-Dot! So What? There are also Good Americans here ....A WHOLE-LOTTA ...GOOD AMERICANS, of all colors! I am like Donald J Trump, and my brother Tim Scott, I LOVE AMERICANS! I will fight for them, stand-up for them and go to war for them if I must, and I resent anyone labeling this country as a RACIST COUNTRY! If that was true, and I know it is not, there are millions and millions of fools dreaming of and trying to figure out a way to get here as fast as they can from around the World! Now, how outrageously crazy is that?

Thomas Carpenter

It doesn't matter how many times the history of the racist Democrats switching to the Repugnant Party is provided, the shrill cries of the evangelical extremists refuse to recognize the fact. KKKeep screaming amigos!

Carlos Ponce

Thomas Carpenter, those racist Democrats DIED of old age. And they have been replaced by younger racist Democrats carrying out Margaret Sanger's ideas of genocide through abortion. They have white hoodies in their psyche.

Charles Douglas

That's right, some of us mean to see to it that the disdainful, scornful, contemptuous, diresive, racist history of the Southern Democrats, who perpetuated the horrific, pain and suffering not only on the SLAVES of this nation during the 1800s, but also did the same for descendents of those SLAVES during JIM CROW in the 1900s, and even now! It is like a festered sore on the pages of history, so stop trying to pond what happened off on others! We will not believe all the belated history changing, cancel culture, wordsmithing lying attempts coming from the RADICAL LEFT to attribute those horrific inhumane acts committed by the SOUTH to their counterparts! [beam]

Thomas Carpenter

Facts have no meaning to the Three Amigos.

Carlos Ponce

Thomas Carpenter, propaganda is not a fact.

Charles Douglas

XI JINPING teaches their surrogates to make up their own facts, and cancel out truth! They are experts at the techniques used! They might start proving that the SOUTH won the Civil War later on. [beam]

Gary Miller

America is not a racist country. An undisputed fact. Systemic racism does exist.Another undisputed fact. Systemic racism lives on in the Democrat party. As the Democrat party declines it's racism is more evident. Anyone disagreeing with a Democrat is called a racist because that is all Democrats have left. As the racist Democrat party dies so goes American racism.

Ted Gillis

What type of bubble are you living in Gary?

Bailey Jones

In Gary's bubble, all the racists were in the Democratic Party until the 1960s when they all magically disappeared (and certainly didn't become Republicans). The fact that 2% of our presidents (and now, 2% of our vice presidents) have been half-black proves that racism no longer exists, and the fact that both were elected by Democrats shows how racist the Democratic Party is.

A bubble is like any spherical lens, when you look through it you get an inverted image of reality - up is down and down is up.

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