Biden enters presidential race bringing White Supremacy to the forefront of issues

May 1, 2019 in News

By Hazel Trice Edney,,



Former Senator and Vice President Joseph Biden, after much suspense, has finally entered the Democratic campaign for president – immediately surging ahead of a crowded field with a message against White Supremacy.

“We saw klansmen and white supremacists and neo nazis come out in the open, their crazed faces illuminated by veins bulging and baring the fangs of racism,” Biden said in a video announcement with images of the violent 2017 white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va. juxtaposed with images representing America’s promise that “all men are created equal.” He called the incident in Charlottesville in which the young activist Heather Higher was killed, “a defining moment of this nation.”

Biden campaign video showing 2017 hate march in Charlottesville.

Biden campaign video showing 2017 hate march in Charlottesville.

Biden’s entry brings a new voice to the field of candidates who have announced so far, but a voice taking direct aim at incumbent Donald Trump.

He continued in the video, “And they were met with a courageous group of Americans. And a violent clash ensued. And a brave young woman lost her life. And that’s when we heard the words of the President of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscious of this nation. He said, there were quote, “some very fine people on both sides.’”

Biden said with those words, “the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalency between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. In that moment, I knew the threat to this nation wasn’t like any other I’d ever seen in my lifetime. I wrote at the time that we’re ‘in the battle for the soul of this nation.”

He said eight years of the Trump presidency would “forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”

Biden has since catapulted to the forefront of the other Democratic candidates. But his race will not be easy. Trump has already taken aim, calling him, “Sleepy Joe” an attempt to pin a nickname on him as Trump has successfully done to many other candidates.

No viable Republican candidates have challenged Trump so far. And most black Republicans and even conservative Christians have remained silent amidst what some deem as deplorable conduct; such as the SOB remark as well as hundreds of documented untruths.

So far, Democratic candidates have dealt mainly with key issues with little or no mention of Trump’s leaning on a base that often appears largely white nationalists.

Among the dominant issues dealt with thus far have been the economy, whether all incarcerated people should be allowed to vote while in prison and whether there should be a commission to discuss ways to issue reparations for slavery.