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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

The former vice president offered emotional support and promised bold action during an in-person meeting with black leaders in Delaware and a subsequent virtual meeting with big-city mayors who are grappling with racial tensions and frustrated by a lack of federal support.

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Without offering specifics, he promised to "deal with institutional racism" and set up a police oversight body in his first 100 days in office, if elected.

"I really do believe that the blinders have been taken off. I think this tidal wave is moving," Biden later told the mayors of Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Paul, Minnesota. "I realize we've got to do something big, we can do it, and everyone will benefit from it."

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-01 04:38 PM | Reply

MFA:

Without offering specifics, he promised to "deal with institutional racism" and set up a police oversight body in his first 100 days in office, if elected.

"I really do believe that the blinders have been taken off. I think this tidal wave is moving," Biden later told the mayors of Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Paul, Minnesota. "I realize we've got to do something big, we can do it, and everyone will benefit from it."

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-01 04:39 PM | Reply

I certainly hope he can follow through, but this begs the question: Was hate so hard to find during the 8 years of his Vice Presidency?

This is not something new and if he pretends otherwise then it will come back to bite him.

#3 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-06-01 05:04 PM | Reply

"Hate just hides"

Explains the Right's reaction to Obama the Un-White as well as the rise of Trump.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-06-01 05:04 PM | Reply

I certainly hope he can follow through, but this begs the question: Was hate so hard to find during the 8 years of his Vice Presidency?

This is not something new and if he pretends otherwise then it will come back to bite him.

#3 | POSTED BY LEFTCOASTLAWYER AT 2020-06-01 05:04 PM | REPLY

It is always easier to blame the victims of something like racism
Obama and Biden made strides but their opponents and especially republican politicians are strong and ruthless
To say nothing of the actions by President ------- to undo all that Obama accomplished along with all of the hate and divisiveness he spews

#5 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-06-01 05:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Obama and Biden made strides but their opponents and especially republican politicians are strong and ruthless
To say nothing of the actions by President ------- to undo all that Obama accomplished along with all of the hate and divisiveness he spews.
#5 | POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS

This is the truth. We know it's true because that's the main criticism I hear about B. Hussein from law enforcement: 'He was too hard on cops.'

Yet, any attempt B. Hussein and Biden made was clearly not enough. I too hold him responsible for not doing more.

#6 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-06-01 05:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Was hate so hard to find during the 8 years of his Vice Presidency?

I've seen no less than 5 different posts today highlighting the following details. Police reform was an important issue for Obama and Biden.

A fresh look at Trump reversing Obama's police investigations policy

Under Obama, the Justice Department took on more civil rights investigations of local police departments than his recent predecessors, launching probes into "nearly two dozen police departments, from Baltimore to Ferguson, Missouri to Chicago -- uncovering a wide range of abusive, even racist, police practices."

So what happened? Donald Trump took office, Jeff Sessions became attorney general, and in November 2018, the Republican-led Justice Department went in a dramatically different direction.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-01 05:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm not joking:
"I've had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking," Biden said.

#8 | Posted by homerj at 2020-06-01 05:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bright and Clean too - Jesse Jackson must be upset with Joe-

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," he said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."

#9 | Posted by homerj at 2020-06-01 05:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Homer so you really want to compare Biden with president ------- on race relations?

#10 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-06-01 06:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

10 What did Biden mean by clean and bright?

#11 | Posted by homerj at 2020-06-01 06:09 PM | Reply

What did president ------- mean when he was a birther?

#12 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-06-01 06:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What did president ------- mean when he referred to Mexicans as murderers and rapists?

#13 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-06-01 06:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What did president ------- mean by calling for the death of the Central Park 5 long after they were proven innocent?

#14 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-06-01 06:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What did president ------- mean when he called African countries ---------?

#15 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-06-01 06:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What did president ------- mean when he told female representatives who are minorities to go back to the country they came from?

#16 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-06-01 06:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What did president ------- mean when he called protesters thugs?

#17 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-06-01 06:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What did president ------- mean when he said there were good people on both sides of a white nationalist rally?

#18 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-06-01 06:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"10 What did Biden mean by clean and bright?"

The opposite of Trump: Corrupt and ignorant.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-01 06:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yet, any attempt B. Hussein and Biden made was clearly not enough. I too hold him responsible for not doing more.

#6 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11 AT 2020-06-01 05:27 PM

I agree, we can whine and cry about the GOP blocking them but what makes anyone think it will be different this time around? The Rethugs will continue to throw roadblocks in Biden's way so this is nothing more than platitudes at this point.

This type of change has to occur at the local level, but the Police Unions have too much power for meaningful change to occur quickly.

#20 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-06-01 07:26 PM | Reply

Hate hid from Obama mostly. Trump has weaponized the Reich wing racists. Many have spewed their hate into private facebook groups. Get the NSA to identify them, then fire them all.

Legalize all drugs and half the cops will be unemployed anyway.

#21 | Posted by bored at 2020-06-01 08:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Will he have the diligent righteousness of potus Johnson?

One can hope.

#22 | Posted by fresno500 at 2020-06-01 09:33 PM | Reply

Legalize all drugs and half the cops will be unemployed anyway.

#21 | POSTED BY BORED AT 2020-06-01 08:20 PM | FLAG:

Sounds great on paper. Colorado legalized pot, then arrests for young black men went up. For illegally selling pot.

The regulatory burden people demanded for legal weed simply reinforced institutional racism.

#23 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-02 08:52 AM | Reply

Biden has been in Washington for over 50 years and NOW he will do something

#24 | Posted by Maverick at 2020-06-02 09:05 AM | Reply

"I'm not joking:
"I've had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking," Biden said."

How do we know he wasn't joking when he said "I'm not joking"?

Things that make you go Hmmmm.

#25 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-06-02 10:34 AM | Reply

"It is always easier to blame the victims of something like racism"

Still zero evidence that the event which sparked all these protests and riots was racially motivated. Three of the four cops in this incident, who should also be arrested and charged for manslaughter, were non-white. Pigs come in all colors. Pigs will be pigs.

#26 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-06-02 10:40 AM | Reply

Biden walks the walk. Trump reversed the changes the Obama admin put in place. Biden also made the violence against women act, which is a police reform since so many of them abuse their spouses

It seems stupid to be questioning Biden's proven record when Trump is the option.

#27 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-06-02 11:50 AM | Reply

We were more than happy to talk about it in February and March. We should still talk about it.

In September 1994, as President Bill Clinton signed the new Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in an elaborately choreographed ceremony on the south lawn of the White House, Joseph R. Biden Jr. sat directly behind the president's lectern, flashing his trademark grin.

Now, more than 25 years later, as Mr. Biden makes his third run for the White House in a crowded field of Democrats " many calling for ambitious criminal justice reform " he must answer for his role in legislation that criminal justice experts and his critics say helped lay the groundwork for the mass incarceration that has devastated America's black communities. That he worked with segregationists to write the bills " an issue that recently dominated the political news and seems likely to resurface in Mr. Biden's first debate on Thursday " has only added to his challenge. So has the fact that black voters are such a crucial Democratic constituency.


#28 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-06-02 12:02 PM | Reply

25 years ago we don't know what we know now. Now we can look back at the failures of the justice system and fix them. Joe Biden is a man who learns from his mistakes and rights the wrongs.

#29 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-06-02 01:31 PM | Reply

I agree, we can whine and cry about the GOP blocking them but what makes anyone think it will be different this time around? The Rethugs will continue to throw roadblocks in Biden's way so this is nothing more than platitudes at this point.

This type of change has to occur at the local level, but the Police Unions have too much power for meaningful change to occur quickly.

#20 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-06-01 07:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Totally disagree. President Obama and his DOJ did their best and had a positive impact, which Combover Quisling and his DOJ were quick to undo. It's no surprise that it's taken 3 1/2 years of Dotard's lack of leadership to get here. President Biden's DOJ could issue Federal guidelines on training, hiring and policy as a start; they could encourage stronger DOJ enforcement and investigations of problem police departments; and create a department in DOJ intended specifically to deal with racial issues. President Obama left behind a Policing in the 21st Century plan that was scrapped by Dotard and his elfin former BFF. This plan was created by members of the Obama administration and minority leaders from all over the country. The first thing President Biden should do is dust this off, and immediately implement as much as possible.

The problem is that organizational culture takes a LONG time to change. Culture changes are almost always resisted by long-term employees who usually outlive (in terms of service) the leadership of these agencies. These veterans have survived long enough to understand that you say the right things whether you believe them or not, you go to the mandatory training whether you believe in it or not, and you don't do anything to cause your agency to terminate you. The problem is that the old-timers tend to poison the cultural changes by poo pooing them around impressionable younger officers. Most veterans know that if they keep their heads down and continue to do the minimum, they'll continue to have a job. A good example was the "Warrior" mentality training that was implemented following 9-11. It' wasn't until around the time of Ferguson that police administrators realized it was wrong to instill a "Warrior" mentality in officers who were not actually at war. So a few years ago I know that in Washington State they moved to "Guardian" mindset training. I think it's better, but it takes years to know what the outcomes of these policies are.

If you leave it to localities, you wind up with vast differences in training, policies and enforcement practices. Cities like Seattle, Portland and LA would be implementing reforms when they already lead the country and places like Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina would do nothing. You need a national Federal standard!

#30 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-06-02 04:33 PM | Reply

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