Joe Biden on Busing Black-Americans to Affluent White Schools–Busing Would Cause His Children to “Grow Up in a “Racial Jungle”
One definition of segregation requires separate housing, education, and other services for people of color.
In the 1970s, then-Sen. Joe Biden was a vocal opponent of busing as a means for desegregating public schools. And that record haunts him in his 2020 Presidential campaign-, particularly, among black voters.
On July 15, 2019, Business Insider reported that Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, came under fire for racial positions he took in the past. In 1977, busing black Americans was at the forefront for relocating inner-city blacks from city schools to affluent white schools. The goal was to give blacks the same opportunity that white kids had in their schools.
Most prominent civil rights activists, including African American leaders, supported the idea. Not Joe Biden. He said, busing for desegregation, would cause his children to “grow up in a racial jungle.”
In 2020, The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Biden plunged headfirst into one of the most politically fraught and racially divisive topics in America.
“He emerged as the Democratic Party’s leading anti-busing crusader — a position that put him in league with Southern segregationists, at odds with liberal Republicans, and helped change the Senate’s dynamic, turning even some leaders in his party against busing as a desegregation tool.”
“I don’t know whether he’s just reconstructed this history in his mind, but he’s factually untruthful, that’s for sure,” said Gary Orfield, a California professor who has written extensively about school desegregation, including in Wilmington, and who testified before Mr. Biden in 1981. He said that for politicians like Mr. Biden, the busing question was “a real test of conscience and courage. I think he failed.”
Mr. Biden enrolled his sons in a private school.