Biden Makes “Back in Chains” Comments In VA
Race and language surrounding it in this country is surely cause for discussion. Language with racial overtones still seems to be used frequently and seems to be much more likely than ever to get negative attention. In a interesting ethnographic study, sociologist Amanda Lewis examined the dynamics of race in a predominantly white community. While many in the community subscribe to a color-blind ideology, in which people are seen “as individuals, not as races,” Lewis found that racial formations continue to be very present in social interactions. It's concluded that discussions involving/pertaining to race need to finally move beyond the concept where whiteness is neutral and blackness is other - metaphors or not. What may be interesting to note is that the divide is what is being picked up on by most commenters, whether for or against. This is a trend to continue to watch. But how did Russell Simmons become the spokesperson for all Black sentiment on this Biden issue, by the way? Don't believe the hype, Kidz.
ice President Joe Biden said in a speech in Danville, Va., that Mitt Romney’s policies regarding deregulating Wall Street will “put y’all back in chains.” After Republicans called the remarks outrageous, Biden said he misspoke and wanted to use the word “unshackle.” Congressmen and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has used “unshackle” before in a speech about the economy and GOP proposals. Biden said he was using the Republicans’ own words. Lots o' talk on this one.
What Others Are Saying...
If a Republican said something like that can you imagine what the media would do with it. Biden is a racist prick ... The Democratic party is about nothing more than dividing the country with hate and fear .... They will cause a civil war in order to be re-elected and blame it on white people.
I love it. … I’ve never seen the democrats go on the offense and fight like this. … Now since the Democrats are … doing all the punching, the Republicans just don't know how to defend.
Biden’s remark is fair, even if dramatically metaphorical. The consumer debt explosion in housing is what got us here ... Many homeowners are still underwater and quite literally chained to those homes …