Biden now heralds Supreme Court decision to desegregate schools after previously working to oppose it

 May 19, 2024

President Joe Biden's long history of hypocrisy and double-speak caught up with him again following a speech he delivered in Washington D.C.

Biden praised the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision to end school segregation -- a ruling he previously opposed and actively worked against decades later as a U.S. senator, Fox News reported.

That led to the president being called out on social media over his history of legislative and rhetorical opposition to desegregation that he engaged in hand-in-hand with overtly racist segregationists in the 1970s.

Biden worked in opposition to the ruling he now celebrates

On Thursday, President Biden delivered remarks to the NAACP and others at D.C.'s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and a substantial portion of his speech was centered on the Supreme Court's 1954 decision that began the years-long process of desegregating schools nationwide.

Yet, while he is now heralding the Brown v. Board of Education ruling 70 years later, he was fighting tooth and nail against it more than 20 years after the high court's justices had authored their decision.

In 2019, NBC News reported on a combative Senate committee hearing in 1975 during which NAACP civil rights attorney Jack Greenberg -- whom Biden just praised in his Thursday speech for his successful arguing in the Supreme Court case -- battled then-Sen. Biden over his sponsorship of a bill that would limit the authority of courts to enforce school desegregation.

Greenberg said at the time that Biden's bill "heaves a brick through the window of school integration" by blocking the ability of courts to order desegregation by bussing students to different schools in segregated areas.

Biden's worries about a "racial jungle" in desegregated schools

Fox News noted that Biden's prior opposition to desegregation via bussing came up during a 2019 Democratic debate, when then-candidate Kamala Harris took the future president, who is now her boss, to task for that same legislation he'd previously sponsored nearly 50 years ago.

"You also worked with them to oppose bussing," Harris told Biden of his alliance with openly racist segregationists in the Senate. "You know there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate public schools, and she was bussed to school every day. And that little girl was me."

Nor was Biden's opposition to desegregation limited to that one piece of legislation in 1975, as Business Insider reported in 2019 that just two years later, during a 1977 hearing, the then-Delaware senator invoked racist imagery to argue against the continuing desegregation of schools in his state.

Biden said at the time that he wanted to ensure the "orderly integration of society" that he believed was threatened by bussing policies and added, "Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point. We have got to make some move on this."

"Biden’s History of Getting Away With Racist Remarks"

Of course, all of this was hashed out just five years ago when Biden was running for president, and now just as it was then, Biden will face some sharp criticism but no real consequences for being on the wrong side of the nation's racial history.

The Heritage Foundation noted as much in a 2021 piece titled "Biden’s History of Getting Away With Racist Remarks" which compiled some of the career politician's more egregious comments and racial stereotypes that he's uttered over the years -- not just in the 1970s, but even during the 2020 campaign.

"Any one of these statements or episodes would have been enough to sink the political career of any conservative in Washington, D.C., against whom tenuous accusations of racism are commonplace and occur almost daily," Heritage visiting fellow Tim Murtaugh wrote. "But Joe Biden, who has a lifetime of them, is now president of the United States. On some days and in some ways, it must be good to be on the left."

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