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Critics of the Democrat have long criticized him for making what they call inappropriate statements towards the African-American community as well as for supporting discriminatory practices. Biden was even criticized by his vice president Kamala Harris when the two clashed in the 2020 presidential primaries.
US President Joe Biden has been criticized for using a derogatory term to describe his senior adviser and director of the Office of Public Engagement, Cedric Richmond, who is black. The Democrat made the statement during a briefing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he discussed Hurricane Ida that left more than a million people without power in the state of Louisiana .
“I’m here with my senior advisor and boy who knows Louisiana and New Orleans very, very well, Cedric Richmond,” the president said.
When used to describe a child or younger person, the term boy is not derogatory, however, it is inappropriate when used to describe a black man. During and after slavery, the word was used to suggest that African Americans were not equal members of society. While the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the use of “boy” by itself doesn’t mean it’s discriminatory, the word itself is not trivial.
Biden has come under heavy criticism for his description of his primary assistant with some users accusing POTUS of racism.
Cédric Richmond is a 47 year old man.
While Ja’Ron Smith was 38 when he held a similar role for President Trump, I can assure you that he was not called a “boy” by President Trump.
Joe Biden just continues to insult black men openly and in public because he doesn’t care. https://t.co/LdTQ6CrTFb
– PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) August 30, 2021
How dare Joe Biden call Cedric Richmond “boy”?
Cédric is 47 years old. It’s nobody’s boy!
What a rude and condescending RACIST !!!
You just know he wanted to call it an “N” but knew it wouldn’t turn out right.
What a sick, racist man Joe is.
– Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) August 30, 2021
Others argued that the accusations against the Democrat were exaggerated, noting that the president had made a mistake and wanted to use a boy as an exclamation or to express affection towards his colleague.
This is crap. The feeling in what he said was not racist. The use of “boy” in this sense is a term of affection. He says this guy is one of his boys. I’m not a Democrat, I take things very badly, and I still understood that.
– Tisby Jones (@JonesTisby) August 30, 2021
I think he meant boy, he knows Louisiana very well.
– Bernard Green (@Bernard_Green) August 30, 2021
Still others said it was not the first time Biden had used questionable terms and imagined how the press would have reacted if the word had been used by a Republican.
It’s only a “stretch” if that was the only time he said something derogatory, but not so much when there are a lot of them.
– Roberta (@ Roberta55595476) August 30, 2021
I doubt he meant anything offensive, but that being said, if Trump had said that, the liberal media would have imploded. They wouldn’t have standards if it weren’t for double standards.
– Gfreezy82 (@ gfreezy82) August 30, 2021
As previously mentioned, accusations of discrimination plagued Joe Biden during his career. His running mate and now vice president Kamala Harris drew attention to Biden’s opposition to the bus, a 1970s government program to end racial segregation in the United States, during the 2020 presidential campaign.
Long before that, he raised his eyebrows as he complimented the presidential candidate at the time, Barack Obama.
“I mean, you’ve got the first mainstream African American that’s articulate, shiny, and clean and a nice guy. I mean, it’s a storybook, man,” Biden said in 2007.
Yet the Democrat’s biggest flop is probably the blunder he made in 2019 when he told a group of Asian and Hispanic voters:
“Poor children are just as bright and as talented as white children.”