Joe Biden has always been gaffe-prone, and that has only increased with his age. However, luckily for the liberal media and his party, he is less and less in front of a camera speaking, making it less likely that he’ll say something as atrocious as, you know, “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.”
Unfortunately, as our newly-elected president, there will be times when he must appear in public and speak before a camera or audience. Tuesday night’s town hall with CNN in Milwaukee was one of those.
And like always, he put his foot firmly in his mouth for all to see, well except him, of course. Biden himself didn’t seem even to notice the mistake, as he didn’t try to reiterate what he meant or rephrase himself in the slightest.
He was speaking of COVID-19 and the vaccine that is supposed to be available now in most states. He was asked by the host if “racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations” were a “priority for your administration and how will they be addressed.”
Biden’s response was, “Not everybody in the Hispanic and the African-American community, particularly in rural areas that are distant and/or inner-city districts, know how to get online to determine how to get in line for that COVID vaccination.”
Now, forgive me if I’m wrong; it sounds like he’s saying that minorities aren’t smart enough or don’t know how to use the internet.
And I’m not the only one who thought so.
"Minorities… don't know how to use, know how to get online."@JoeBiden is perpetuating a racist trope that minorities don't know how to use the internet.#BidenTownhall pic.twitter.com/hsVuC02PdC
— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) February 17, 2021
Conservative media analyst and author of “Hollywood Propaganda” Mark Dice noted the same idea, tweeting “Joe Biden says black people and Hispanics don’t know how to use the Internet and can’t figure out where to get the vaccine.”
Joe Biden says black people and Hispanics don’t know how to use the Internet and can’t figure out where to get the vaccine. 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/nRXPPP9CZm
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) February 17, 2021
Now, as an optimist, and one who likes to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, at least once, I’m prone to thinking that maybe Biden just meant that these minorities don’t have access to a computer and therefore can’t figure out where to stand in line at.
However, even this can’t be true.
While a Pew Research Center article in 2019 does prove that Hispanics and African-Americans are less likely to have a physical home computer than whites, the same cannot be said of “mobile devices such as smartphones.”
According to their survey, about 82 percent of white adults have a smartphone. Similarly, about 80 percent of blacks and 79 percent of Hispanic adults have smartphones as well.
So it’s not like they don’t have access to information about the vaccines or where they can be received.
The story is far different, though, when we take race out of the picture and look at age instead.
As you well know, the most “at-risk” and, therefore, those who should be receiving the vaccine first are those over age 60.
Furthermore, according to science and Ben Shapiro, “Age is a far better predictor of COVID-19 vulnerability than race: As Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe of the New York University Grossman School of Medicine found, infected patients die at the same rate regardless of race.”
And yet, in nearly half of our nation’s states, plans have been outlined “that now prioritize black, Hispanic and indigenous residents over white people in some way, as the vaccine rollout begins, according to guidelines issued by the CDC and a Kaiser Family Foundation report.
Shapiro notes that this is a fatal error and one that will likely cause more deaths in “black people in absolute terms.”
He added, “if you give tranches of the vaccine to patients based on racial concerns rather than age concerns, the most vulnerable black and Latino populations, elderly black people and Latinos – are more likely to die so that younger black and Latinos can receive a vaccine for a disease to which they are probably 10 times less vulnerable.”
To Shapiro and many others like myself, the whole idea is rather senseless and, as he says, dangerous.
Instead of paying attention to science and actually worrying about saving the most significant number of lives possible, these politicians and so-called health experts seem far more concerned with being woke enough for the political party in charge.
Sure, more blacks and Hispanics will get vaccinated. But at what cost? These racist guidelines do essentially one thing: condemn the entire senior population of all races to an early grave.