|Posted on September 17, 2019 at 12:05 AM|
Joe Biden's Mouth Is Causing Trouble
I don't listen/ watch/ read the news much, but when I do it's because Yahoo sends me daily emails and I just get a glimpse of what's going on by reading the headlines.
I don't get too deep into politics either, but it's important to at least stay informed because whose in power and the decisions they make can alter your lifestyle. So here goes.
Joe Biden is a current Presidential candidate in the United States. He started his bid for the 2020 presidency, and unfortunately I hope his bid doesn't go any further. That's not something I say lightly, but it is something I am saying because after his most recent rant and how he put his sentiments on display, how beneficial will he be for "poor black kids" in America?
Ok, let me rewind so you know exactly what I'm talking about.
After being asked “What responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?” Joe Biden caused outrage across America (and beyond, clearly because I'm in the UK) with the comments he made, the opinions he shared and the personal thoughts he allowed to come out of his mouth during the third Democratic debate on ABC News.
To the question above, he responded "We bring social workers into homes and parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It’s not that they don’t want to help. They don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio. Make sure the television – excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night.”
Did you catch that?
He said he plans to send social workers in the home to teach them how to take care of their children.
He said they should play the record player at night instead of the television.
Let me just make it clear that he is obviously referring to low income communities and black parents.
The headline I saw stated that Biden’s statements implied “that Black parents don’t know how to raise their own children." That is what got my blood boiling and immediately caused me to want to write this blog. As a young black woman, a bicoastal woman who lives in both the UK and the USA; I'm here to counteract that. I wasn't born and raised in the United States Of America BUT I have family and friends that were and I say "How dare he generalise, stereotype and disrespect the hustle, grind and commitment of the black family, and black parents to their children!"
So, like I said I wasn't born in America, but I was raised by a Black, Afro Caribbean mum and dad and I think my upbringing was fantastic. Because of my parents I have had great success in my life. I am approaching 30 and they are still strong pillars in my life and are still very supportive of all that I do. It's because of the way they were as parents, that I had a great start in life and I am who I am today. My parents gave me great stability in regards to home, school, extra-curricular activities and more. My parents are proud of their role as parents and they are proud of me and my siblings. My parents ensured that they lived a healthy lifestyle and made sure that my sisters and I did too. Food shopping, home cooked meals, Caribbean food, fruits and vegetables, water and vitamins. They went all in.
You may be wondering why all this matters, but it does, so I will continue.
My parents made sure that as children, as girls we were all well dressed. We didn't need to have name brand clothes, but we did have good quality clothes, clothes that were appropriate for our age and gender, but also for the occasion. That has continued with me. I take pride in how I dress and in how I carry myself as a woman. We were taught to be well behaved, at home, at school, in public and none of us have ever been in trouble with the police, or with the law. We are law abiding citizens, we are good and upstanding members of the community and that is because we were taught to have manners, respect, patience and the list goes on.
We were taught about our culture, traditions principles morals and values. Those things gave us a power, a power that allowed us to know our worth, know our history but also know that we each had a bright future a head of us. My parents installed great things in us, whether it was through the holidays we went on, the family outings or the conversations we had, the music we listened and danced to and the documentaries and movies we watched. My parents built a solid foundation and helped us to establish our faith in God, our Heavenly Father. We have all be christened, we've all been baptised as adults and it was our own choice to take the next step in our walk with Jesus Christ. We have all become outstanding women and it is a direct result of my black parents. How dare he generalize!
White, Asian, Black and Latino people commit crimes.
White, Asian, Black and Latino people drop out of school.
White, Asian, Black and Latino people get divorces.
White, Asian, Black and Latino people live in low income families. So is he going to send social workers into the homes of all of these people?
I have to repeat myself for a second. I hope his bid doesn't go any further, because after this rant, how beneficial will he be to "poor Black/ Asian/ Latino kids" in America?
Last but certainly not least.
He refuses to apologise for his remarks and to be honest, I don't think an apology would mean anything. People say what they think and feel, and if he really thinks that, him saying sorry publicly won't change it. I do think that his numbers in the polls are going to decrease. He made something about the legacy of slavery into this.
P.S. My family are very present in my 1Love vlogs on YouTube. We represent a happy family, a black family and we do it well. I hope you enjoy the videos above that I dedicated to my parents.
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