Biden reinforces plan for Black America after ‘Breakfast Club’ backlash
Despite announcing his 'Lift Every Voice' plan for African Americans at the top of the month, Biden reposts highlights for potential voters to review.
Earlier this month, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, released his plan for Black America called, Lift Every Voice.
But, after a rough weekend following a contentious appearance on The Breakfast Club, the Biden campaign reposted highlights from the plan to Instagram on Sunday.
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This moment demands an overwhelming moral response. We need a comprehensive agenda for African Americans — a plan with the ambition to match the scale of the challenge, and one that recognizes that race-neutral policies are not a sufficient response to race-based disparities. Swipe to learn what I would do as president — and click the link in the bio to read the full plan.
The Biden campaign used a series of slides to highlight a few promises to the African American community.
According to the post, “The Biden Plan for Black America” will close the wealth and income gap by investing in African American workers, businesses, and communities. The plan also states that a Biden administration would make health equity a reality and promises to expand access to high-quality education and tackle racial inequity.
The plan will deal with the prison industrial complex, claiming it will strengthen America’s commitment to justice by reducing the number of people incarcerated and ending incarceration for drug use alone.
The final points on the post showed a commitment to ensuring that people’s right to vote is protected and included a comprehensive clean energy future agenda.
Comments under the post are both supportive and critical.
Many of the comments restate Biden’s unfortunate comment on The Breakfast Club. During his interview with Charlamagne tha God on Friday, Biden suggested that undecided voters “ain’t Black,” if they are considering voting for Donald Trump.
The Trump campaign seized on the remark, calling it “racist” and selling t-shirts with “You Ain’t Black” across the front.
For their part, the Biden campaign is focusing on the fact that even before The Breakfast Club interview, they had a plan for Black America and are using this opportunity for people to become familiar with it.
Rappers like Ice Cube and Diddy continue to suggest “holding the Black vote hostage” until both candidates develop a comprehensive plan for Black America.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 24, 2020
Many users are replying to their tweets with a link to the plan.
If you don’t get that raggedy Lift Every Voice Nonsense out of here. That’s something that would have fooled us 10 years ago with @BarackObama but we recognize the con now.
— Black American Man (@Justice4ADOS) May 25, 2020
Other Twitter users say that “staying home is a vote for Trump,” causing a back and forth between different schools of thought on voting one’s best interest.
The Democratic Party seems to think some black voters are weighing Biden vs. Trump when I think they’re actually weighing Biden vs. staying home.
— Donovan X. (@donovanxramsey) May 22, 2020
It most certainly does. A vote is not an act of personal expression. There is a practical consequence to the refusal to support that, no matter how much one wants to make it about individuality, inevitably affects the entire body politic.
— jkh (@lafemme3) May 22, 2020
The “ain’t Black” comments prompted an apology from Biden on Friday evening.
“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. I shouldn’t have been so cavalier…I have never, ever taken the African American community for granted,” he said, per Yamiche Alcindor. “No one should have to vote for any party based on their race, background, religion, or any demographic information.”