Race an Issue in the Presidential Race Debate

Race an Issue in the Presidential Race Debate

(HorizonPost.com) – The final presidential debate before the November 2020 election is now in the books and it covered a wide range of topics. Race relations in America was a primary focus and included a great deal about the justice system.

On the Street

Joe Biden spoke first about the differences between raising White children and Black or Brown kids as it relates to dealing with the police. He never had to tell his daughter that if she was pulled over that she should put her hand on top of the wheel, don’t reach for the glove box, and keep your answers to simple yes or no, sir.

The moderator then noted that President Trump had said the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement was a “symbol of hate” and that Black professional athletes speaking out should be fired. He responded that his first experience with the group was seeing them march against police chanting “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” which formed his first impression.

Prisons

Trump brought up his opponent’s sponsorship of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which brought about many of the issues Progressives now say unfairly led to the mass incarceration of Blacks. He also said that the then-Senator disparaged them and referred to them as “superpredators.”

When asked for his response, Biden said, “my response to that is I never ever said what he accused me of saying.” A fact check is in order to see who’s closer to the truth, and the following are comments made in his 1993 speech on the Senate floor:

  • We have predators on our streets…
  • We have no choice but to take them out of society.
  • A cadre of young people… born out of wedlock.
  • If we don’t [focus on them now they] will become the predators 15 years from now.

The word superpredator was coined by former First Lady Hillary Clinton, but it’s obvious that Biden’s attitude matched that term. Whether this is another one of his memory lapses or a deliberate attempt to play semantics on the debate floor is unknown.

Like all such debates in recent history, the candidates sometimes wandered far from the questions put forward by the moderator, such as Trump’s attempts to get his adversary to talk about his involvement, if any, with Hunter Biden’s Ukraine dealings. But all in all, this debate was more civilized than the first.

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