(Headline USA) President Joe Biden joked that he is a “white boy” but he’s “not stupid” during a Black History Month event at the White House this week.
Biden made the cringeworthy remark after joking that House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., who is black, no longer talks to him.
“I may be a white boy, but I’m not stupid. I know where the power is … you think I’m joking. I learned a long time ago about the Divine Nine,” he said, referring to a group of black fraternities and sororities.
Biden went on to slam Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during the reception, accusing the governor of suppressing black history.
“It’s important to say from the White House for the entire country to hear: History matters. History matters and black history matters. I can’t just choose to learn what we want to know. We learn what we should know. We have to learn everything, the good, the bad, the truth, and who we are as a nation,” Biden said.
This isn’t the first time Biden has landed himself in hot water over his racial gaffes. During his run for the presidency in 2020, he claimed that if black voters are “figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump,” then “you ain’t black.”
A few months later, he claimed blacks were less diverse than Hispanics.
“By the way, what you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” he said at the time.
Later that day, Biden asked a black reporter if he was a “junkie” after the reporter asked whether Biden would take a cognitive test.
“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” Biden asked. “Come on, man. That’s like saying to you, before you got on this program, if you had to take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”
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