The gaffe came during a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, what is widely considered a must-win battleground state. The exact statement was “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
The title of this article is fake. It is part of an ongoing investigative study to determine how often people actually read the articles they comment on and share on social media. If you have read this, please add the hashtag #SeekTheTruth to raise awareness of how easily the media can leverage and manipulate public opinion with a simple title.
Actually, Democratic candidate for president, Joe Biden was the one who uttered these words. Ironically, he did this while addressing the Asian and Latino PAC. Biden skipped a beat while he processed his own words. He then tried to correct himself by naming every color that he could think of, saying, “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids. No, I really mean it. But think how we think about it. We think how we’re going to dumb it down. They can do anything anybody else can do, given a shot.”
This is the same candidate, who, just a couple of months ago promised to cure cancer if he was elected. As our own reporter, Tammy Marie Rose wrote, this is also the man who linked President Donald Trump, and white supremacy to mass shootings. The man who once said of former President Barack Obama, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
A lot of people—particularly my colleagues in the media—are very quick to blame President Trump for using “racially charged” or even straight “racist” language that has directly led to the rise in mass shootings that we are unfortunately experiencing. I, like many people, find it endlessly ironic, hypocritical, and intellectually dishonest for “reporters” to claim that the President of the United States is directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people over the course of the last three years. This despite the fact that many of the shooters, if they had written manifestos‘ denounced President Trump and conservatism in general.
Tv Outlets and publications that are located on the coasts spend endless hours criticizing and blaming President Trump for an alleged rise in white nationalism while ignoring the fact that a former vice president, and now candidate for President, has said far more obviously racist things. Even people of color have given former Vice President a pass for his obviously racist comments; with Jesse Jackson claiming that “[his] comments were ‘highly suggestive’ but not ‘off-color’.”
It is extremely unfortunate that there are writers and reporters who, because of their personal feelings, are incapable of reporting the truth. This is part of the reason that I wrote a false headline. I know that it is going to create two reactions. Either people are going to just believe the headline because of their preconceived notions, or they are going to read this article because they are used to having to discredit “fake news.”
In either case, there is a serious, serious problem in this country. We MUST #SeekTheTruth if we are going to find any real answers that don’t lead us to the point of “Us vs. Them.” We, as free people, must never fall for the divide and conquer tactic that seems to be pervasive in our politics.