The longer former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign goes on, the more gaffes and weird comments he makes. For this week’s edition of Sleepy Joe’s Odd Comments, I present the following:
Black student to Democrat Joe Biden: “If I were your daughter, what advice would you give me the next time I am stopped by the police?”
Biden response: “If you were my daughter, you’d be a Caucasian girl and you wouldn't be pulled over” pic.twitter.com/z9qEsB2QvJ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 26, 2019
“If you were my daughter, you’d be a Caucasian girl and you wouldn’t be pulled over.”
Way to pander, Joe. The correct answer? If you are stopped by the police, be respectful, be cooperative, and keep your hands where the cop can see them. If you can do those three things, you’ll likely be okay.
Also, contrary to Joe’s statement, simply being white does not preclude you from being pulled over. I happen to be a Caucasian girl, and I’ve been pulled over several times in the years I’ve been driving.
I take issue with Joe’s comment about institutional racism among the police. I’ve seen little to no evidence that police departments actually, routinely, discriminate against minorities. Are there individual cops who are racist? Yes. Are there statistical realities that often make cops warier in certain black communities? Sure. Does that amount to institutional racism? No, it does not.
Most of the cases taken up by Black Lives Matter are not stories of innocent black boys being run down by hateful cops; more often, they are stories of young troublemakers who didn’t deserve to die but were far from innocent. Most cops are good people trying to protect their communities, who face dangerous situations and difficult decisions that, thankfully, most of us will never have to face. Mistakes happen, racism happens, but to attribute all of this to institutional racism is misleading at best.
I’ll leave you with this tweet: