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Memo to Biden: Being White Doesn’t Make You Rich

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Memo to Biden: Being White Doesn’t Make You Rich

New York Post August 12, 2019
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Joe Biden made a curious statement Thursday at a campaign stop in Iowa. Making the case that Advanced Placement courses should be offered in all schools, the former veep said: “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

The media pounced on what they saw as another gaffe from a gaffe ­machine. But did Biden make a gaffe — in the sense of an embarrassing ­error — or did he clumsily state what many liberals believe?

Serious people used to acknowledge that barriers to progress are socio-economic and affect people of all races. Campaigning in 1968 on a platform of ameliorating poverty, Bobby Kennedy drew attention to the plight of ­Appalachia, visiting poor white families in eastern Kentucky as well as ­inner-city Detroit and ­Indian reservations in New Mexico.

In his 1984 bid for the Democratic nomination, Jesse Jackson spoke to rural white farmers in Arkansas, preaching that “we’ve got to move from a racial battleground — playing skin games — to economic common ground.”

But today’s Democrats trip over themselves to pretend that all today’s problems are rooted in the refusal of white people — all white people — to acknowledge and ­reject their unearned privilege.

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post

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Seth Barron is associate editor of City Journal and director of the NYC Initiative at the Manhattan Institute.

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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