Unethical Quote Of The Month: President Joe Biden’s Howard University Class of 2023 Commencement Address

The Gettysburg Address it surely wasn’t. In 1863, President Lincoln concisely and brilliantly laid out a grand plan for what should unify the United States of America. Yesterday, President Biden deliberately set out to divide the nation along the racial divide already made larger by the cynical efforts and policies of the Obama administration. President Obama, however, avoided directly stoking hostility between the races except when he was speaking off the cuff, as in his irresponsible comments on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman Ethics Train Wreck. Biden is far more direct and open about it. His party has decided that stoking black fear of white citizens and anger toward the United States itself as a purveyor of “white supremacy” is its best strategy for keeping power—that, and hammering away at the Big Lie that the purpose of abortion restrictions is to make women second-class citizens.

After all, as the late Harry Reid would surely point out, Biden’s 2022 “Soul of the Nation” speech pushing the same theme that Republicans and conservatives are racists and terrorists “worked.” What should have been an electoral rejection of disastrous progressive policies turned into a relative victory: Democrats held control of the Senate and just barely lost the House. It was predictable that the soulless and mercenary political consultants advising the party would urge it to follow the same playbook for 2024….prime hate, anger, distrust, bias, bigotry and fear, all while accusing the opposition of being agents of …hate, anger, distrust, bias, bigotry and fear. If that course damages the nation, well, you gotta crack some eggs to make an omelette.

So thus it was that President Biden spoke in front of a Howard graduating class assembled by racial discrimination and the principles of apartheid to tell them that they, their family, their communities and their race were in increasing peril because of ‘white supremacy.” After typical Biden babble, the President kicked off another dose of race-based suspicion by saying, “When it comes to race in America, hope doesn’t travel alone. It’s shadowed by fear, by violence, and by hate.” The speech went downhill from there. Most commencement speeches are exultant in tone, cheering on a rising generation to take advantage of the open and promising road ahead of them. Not this one. Here are some quotes:

But after the election and the re-election of the first Black American President, I had hoped that the fear of violence and hate was significantly losing ground.

Of course, Obama’s election and re-election proved conclusively that racial bigotry in the U.S. had diminished spectacularly.

But in 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, crazed neo-Nazis with angry faces came out of the fields with — literally with torches, carrying Nazi banners from the woods and the fields chanting the same antisemitic bile heard across Europe in the ‘30s. Something that I never thought I would ever see in America. Accompanied by Klansmen and white supremacists, emerging from dark rooms and remote fields and the anonymity of the Internet, confronting decent Americans of all backgrounds standing in their way, into the bright light of day. And a young woman objecting to their presence was killed.

I wonder what hack wrote that purple prose. The demonstration, which had been granted a legal permit, was triggered by the home state of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson beginning to airbrush the history of the United States by removing statues of heroic Confederate officers in grand Soviet fashion. Torchlight marches are not the sole genre of the Far Right; as with most political demonstrations, many groups and interests joined the march, and many traveled from far away to participate. Even so, the number of marchers was estimated in the hundreds, not thousands.  It was also a single demonstration aimed at a matter of special emotional and historical resonance at the time.

Police made no efforts to keep a group of counter-demonstrators who did not have a permit from confronting the “Unite the Right” marchers and in some cases throwing projectiles at them. Most participants in the legal demonstration could be fairly categorized as extreme, but they represented no significant national movement. Indeed the episode was a disaster for the cause of nationalism and white supremacy; it is widely cited as causing a significant decline in what was already a fringe group. The next year, “Unite the Right II” drew about 30 people to Washington D.C. The Charlottesville fiasco happened six years ago, and in the intervening years, far more destructive demonstrations and race-based rioting spread across the country. Those, however, were good riots in Biden’s eyes.

And what did you hear? That famous quote. When asked about what happened, that famous quote. “There are very fine people on both sides.”

Big Lies apparently persevere forever. That quote has been weaponized by Democrat and the news media to claim that President Trump tacitly excused, and thus sympathized with, the white supremacists. Naturally Biden, who still says that citizens couldn’t own cannons at the time of the Constitution, repeats the falsehood no matter how many times it has been debunked.

In the wake of the clash, a reporter questioning Trump asserted that neo-Nazis “started this,” and Trump interjected, in his trademark free-association fashion,

“Excuse me, excuse me. They didn’t put themselves — and you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group. Excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name….I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”

But Biden wants black graduates of Howard to believe that his likely opposition in 2024 believes that fascists, white supremacists and Klan members are “very fine people.”

I don’t have to tell you that fearless  progress towards justice often meets ferocious pushback from the oldest and most sinister of forces. That’s because hate never goes away. I thought, when I graduated, we could defeat hate. But it never goes away. It only hides under the rocks. And when it’s given oxygen, it comes out from under that rock.

Translation: “Be afraid. There are dark forces gathering strength to hurt you.”

We know that American history has not always been a fairy tale. From the start, it’s been a constant push and pull for more than 240 years between the best of us, the American ideal that we’re all create equal — and the worst of us, the harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart. It’s a battle that’s never really over.

Not if Joe can help it. Anti-white racism means more votes for him.

But on the best days, enough of us have the guts and the hearts to… stand up against the poison of white supremacy, as I did in my Inaugural Address — to single it out as the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland is white supremacy. And I’m not saying this because I’m at a Black HBCU. I say it wherever I go.

White supremacy, in Biden’s dog whistles and undoubtedly the minds of most of his audience, includes opposing affirmative action, race-based benefits and set-asides, race-based hiring, appointments and promotions, reparations (of course), Critical Race Theory, the “1619 Project,””DEI” policies…and not wanting to condemn the nation’s Founders as persona non grata if they owned slaves.

Again, let’s be clear: There are those who don’t see you and don’t want this future. There are those who demonize and pit people against one another. And there are those who do anything and everything, no matter how desperate or immoral, to hold onto power. And that’s never going to be an easy battle.

Imagine giving a speech like this and having the gall (or the total lack of self-awareness) to include a condemnation of “those who demonize and pit people against one another” and “those who do anything and everything, no matter how desperate or immoral, to hold onto power.”

There is much more, including, predictably, calling the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot an “insurrection,” the usual climate change hysteria, anti-gun cant, and the other familiar talking points. Most of all, however, Biden’s speech was an exhortation to young black Americans to fear, distrust and hate their neighbors, the justice system, their nation—and whites, along with opponents of the Democratic Party.

21 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Month: President Joe Biden’s Howard University Class of 2023 Commencement Address

  1. He didn’t just pander to black people. He also pandered to women: From the Daily Mail article on Joe’s speech at Howard:

    He also brought up Vice President Kamala Harris, a Howard grad, and touted his appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson. Both are the first women to hold their posts.

    ‘By the way, she’s brighter than the rest,’ Biden said.


    So, she’s brighter than Kagan and Sotomayor? And that other justice of color, Justice Thomas? Good ad lib, Crazy Uncle Joe.

    • The first women to hold their posts? That’s true for the Vice President, but untrue for SCOTUS, unless the pandering was so outrageous that it denies the sex of Justices that aren’t black. I don’t think Hanlon’s Razor apples.

      Kagan, Sotomayor, Bader-Ginsberg, O’Connor come to mind.
      Especially peculiar for a female Justice who cannot define what a woman is.

      • A sitting president impugning the intelligence of sitting Supreme Court Justices. Nice work, Joe. How’s that for obliterating norms, Democrats? You know, like that great breaker of norms you’re always obsessing about destroying democracy?

        • I decided to leave out the tasteless and embarrassing pandering regarding Justice Jackson, but ya know, that’s black supremacy. Jackson is “the brightest” because she’s black, in Joe’s eyes. I’ll bet he’s nver read a sibgle one of her opinions…it’s pure “black is better.”

          • As it turns out, all oppressed and marginalized people are not merely equal to their oppressors and must be recognized as such, they’re actually vastly superior in every respect!

  2. Our grandson graduated from college yesterday and as I sat in the audience, I feared the same kind of garbage from the speakers that walked to the mic. But other than one reference to “environmental justice” – which the young grad probably could not have explained to me had I cornered him and put him on the spot – there were no political shenanigans and nothing even remotely approaching what the attendees of Howard’s commencement had to endure. Had I been a grad in President’s Biden audience, I would have made a spectacle of myself by calling out the President and then walking out. Probably not too mature of me, but I would have done it anyway.

  3. Wonder which Biden was giving this speech…
    Was it the “good Catholic”, the “devoted grandfather”, the “Civil rights marcher”, the “bridge to a new generation of leaders”…? (Probably not the Puerto Rican truck driver.)

    What a vile, divisive, evil old fool this man is.

  4. That Howard would bestow an honorary doctorate on Biden speaks volumes regarding the credibility of Howard as a credible educational instituted.

  5. Tough Quiz: Are the following descriptors from a Babylon Bee piece, or the person who gave SloJo his honorary degree at Howard:

    (Joseph R. Biden) a “revered statesman,” a “committed champion of justice,” a “gracious guardian of humanity,” and a “noble patron of peace.”

    “You stand in truth, power, integrity and are blessed in the glory of God,” “…number one in the global state.” a “magnificent commander in chief” … “expertly leading America in making monumental innovations and passing legislation to improve the quality of life for all.” (Biden) “stood firm and focused in achieving productive results and significant solutions, born of a sincere desire to leave an awesome legacy for our beloved nation.”

    “Admired for his sound analytical intellect, and open embrace of all, your popularity on both sides of the aisle of the United States, led to your illustrious reputation and outstanding service of 36 years as a Democratic senator from Delaware, beginning at the tender age of 29.”

  6. Where to begin…

    Who was Biden’s mentor?
    An Exalted Cyclops who recruited at least 150 members into his chapter of the KKK.

    What did Biden tell a digital audience on a black man’s podcast?
    That if they had trouble deciding if they were for him or Trump, then they “weren’t black.” Last I checked an old white guy mentored by a formerly virulent white supremacist should be last person to tell blacks if they were in fact black.

    Who said this about Obama?
    “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” That was Biden.

    Who said this during his campaign?
    “…poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” That was Biden.

    And who said this gem?
    ” You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” Biden of course!

    These aren’t gaffes. This is the mindset of a racist shining through the vernier of justice speech. Biden is welcome to have as many “firsts” on his staff as he can muster but I am not fooled by this dude. He wants blacks to be afraid. That’s part of the fun. Say you care while keeping your captives on the plantation for “their own safety.” It’s a classic move of paternalistic racism that keeps racial minorities who believe him enslaved to an ideology that tells us were dirty, poor, can only work at convenience stores, and aren’t really black.

    Recently I heard someone break it down very simply. There are people who call everyone else bigots to hide their own bigotry. Everyone struggles with bias but Biden’s hypocrisy regarding Trump is a farce. Trump (and I’m not a fan of his in the moment) has actually helped murdered/missing indigenous women. Trump had the lowest unemployment rate of blacks and Hispanics in history. Heck, our own mixed race family had more money thanks to Trump’s economy. We struggled for years under Obama/Biden but we finally got to take vacations again under Trump.

    I judge by beneficial actions and Biden has only served to take bread off my family’s table and remind me that in his eyes, I’m not enough due to my skin tone. I reject that idea 100%.

    (In case anyone is concerned about “misinformation” please note my sources for the above include: USA Today, Time, The New York Times)

    • What government program do I go to get all the net worth the little lady and I have lost since Biden came into office? What government program do I apply to?

    • Mrs Q
      You said,

      “He wants blacks to be afraid. That’s part of the fun. Say you care while keeping your captives on the plantation for “their own safety.” It’s a classic move of paternalistic racism that keeps racial minorities who believe him enslaved to an ideology that tells us were dirty, poor, can only work at convenience stores, and aren’t really black.”

      I have never heard it put so succinctly. It perfectly sums up an attitude. I intend to use this every time a white person starts spouting off about the how blacks need whites to protect them.

  7. I want to know how I am supposed to respect this demagogue? Trump’s behavior never threatened to create a race war. He is a disgrace.

  8. Based on the speech excerpt, my guess is that the White House staff didn’t tell Biden what the acronym “HBCU” stands for.

  9. I’ll be frank. If any violent, organized form of white supremacy were anywhere near as real a problem as Biden and the Left are ginning it up to be, there would be dead victims piling up everywhere. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, any white militant or anti-government organization of more than two people has almost certainly been targeted and infiltrated by federal law enforcement. Remember the Aryan Nations white supremacist group from Idaho? When they were litigated out of existence in 2000, the top leadership of the less than 200 members included at least five informants for a variety of federal “three letter” law enforcement agencies, each of whom was trying to set up the others. Every “militia” group, every “Klan” group, any “right wing extremist” group with an internet presence, they’re all well known to federal law enforcement, you can count on it. And regardless of what they say, the NSA is always listening!

  10. I can’t blame Biden and the Dems really. While I hate to echo/mirror the Dems’/left’s focus on racialism, as long as white voters don’t punish them (mainly due to unwarranted white guilt, and because many white women seem to prioritize abortion over all other issues, like education, the economy, or general governance), why would they stop?

    We can thank their democracy protection measures (mail-in voting en mass, loose voter verification, ballot harvesting, etc.) I guess.

    • While I hate to echo/mirror the Dems’/left’s focus on racialism, as long as white voters don’t punish them (mainly due to unwarranted white guilt, and because many white women seem to prioritize abortion over all other issues, like education, the economy, or general governance), why would they stop?

      I wonder why White guilt would appeal to a significant proportion of White voters.

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