To the wolves
Back in 1975, Democrat Joe Biden, now mulling a run for the presidency in 2020, opposed integration, saying it kept blacks from embracing “their own identify.”
He was opposed at the time to federally mandated busing policies aimed at ending school segregation.
“I think the concept of busing … that we are going to integrate people so that they all have the same access and they learn to grow up with one another and all the rest, is a rejection of the whole movement of black pride,” the now 76-year-old Biden said during an interview with NPR dug out of the national archives by the Washington Examiner.
Desegregation, he argued then, was “a rejection of the entire black awareness concept, where black is beautiful, black culture should be studied; and the cultural awareness of the importance of their own identity, their own individuality.”
There barely was a ripple when the interview surfaced. A tsk-tsk here and a harrumph there. But as far as hubbubs go, the news was greeted with a ho-hum.
Not so with Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.
His 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page, obtained by CNN, has a picture of two men, one dressed in a KKK outfit and the other in blackface.
Northam apologized, then recanted, saying he was not one of the men pictured, but the hew and cry for his resignation have reached critical mass. Everybody who is anybody is demanding he set down because of his racist past.
The picture surfaced because a former classmater was disgusted with his incendiary comments about late-term abortions.
It is doubtful in our minds that either man, no matter what they may or may not have been 30 or 40 years ago, is a racist nowadays, but it is astounding at the vastly differing reactions to their past transgressions.
The difference, though, is not so hard to figure out. If Democrats need you because you are a possible presidential contender – with good poll numbers – you apparently get a pass on long ago racial gaffes. If not, they throw you to the wolves.
Ask Gov. Northam.