Why is Tulsi defending Biden's racist past?
I haven't posted here in a couple of months but my last three essays here, here and here were very supportive of Tulsi Gabbard. But yesterday I had a wtf Tulsi? moment. She made the following post on Twitter:
If any of you are wondering what this is all about, here's a list of Biden's racist remarks that have been going on around lately that Tulsi felt she had to defend him for.
“I think the two-party system, although my Democratic colleagues won’t like my saying this, is good for the South and good for the Negro, good for the black in the South. Other than the fact that [southern Senators] still call me boy, I think they’ve changed their mind a little bit.”
I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race.’ I don’t buy that. I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation. And I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.
As these and more links to Biden's support for racism surfaced, he felt the need to defend himself and did so in the worst way imaginable:
Mr. Biden noted that he served with the late Senators James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, both Democrats who were staunch opponents of desegregation. Mr. Eastland was the powerful chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee when Mr. Biden entered the chamber in 1973.
He called Mr. Talmadge “one of the meanest guys I ever knew, you go down the list of all these guys.”
“Well guess what?” Mr. Biden continued. “At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”
Eastland often spoke of blacks as "an inferior race".
It was to be expected that his political opponents said he was wrong to use segregationists as examples of bringing the two parties together. What wasn't expected was Tulsi, of all people, coming to his defense and making his plea for "civility". Afterall, it wasn't just Biden's recent rebuttal that was the issue here, it was his history of working with segregationists to ban busing. He wasn't just "civil" towards them, he actively pursued their help in carrying out their racist agenda.
In July of 1977 he wrote to Eastman:
"Dear Mr. Chairman,I want you to know that I very much appreciate your help during this week's committee meeting in attempting to bring my anti-busing legislation to a vote."
He later thanked the man:
thank you again for your efforts in support of my bill to limit court ordered busing.
In the 90's he pushed for the "predator" laws that saw blacks jailed in record numbers. He said,
"It's a shame, but we don't know how to rehabilitate them....we have an obligation to cordon them off from the rest of society."
Thus began the mass incarcerations and the prison for profit system.
This comes at a time when the racists are cordoning off others from our society:
I was heartbroken to see Tulsi defending a racist creep. Heartbroken because it makes her either too naive to serve as president or just another politician giving us the old "bipartasanship" BS.