Home Politics Biden’s "Record Player" Moment In Response To Slavery Question Stirs Outrage

Biden’s "Record Player" Moment In Response To Slavery Question Stirs Outrage


Among Joe Biden’s innumerable bizarre and gaffe-filled moments on the campaign trail, this was perhaps the most bizarre and rambling response to a point blank question  some say disqualifying.

A clip of the Democratic frontrunner’s answer in last night’s third Democratic primary debate where the former Vice President was asked to address the legacy of slavery is going viral. He began by rambling somewhat incoherently about poor schools, parents, social workers and even gave advice to put on the “record player”.

As Time editor Anand Giridharadas observed, “It ended in a sermon implying that black parents don’t know how to raise their own children. This cannot go on.” 

Giridharadas further asked, “Is this not one of the most explicitly racist moments of all time in a Democratic primary debate?”

Moderator Lindsay Davis began by referencing comments Biden made “some 40 years ago”. She said:

In a conversation about how to deal with segregation in schools back in 1975, you told a reporter, ‘I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather, I feel responsible for what the situation is today for sins of my own generation and I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.’

“But as you stand here tonight, what responsibility do you think Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?” she asked the candidate.

“Look, there is institutional segregation in this country and from the time I got involved, I started dealing with that,” Biden responded. “When you talk about education, I propose that what we take is those very poor schools, the title one schools, triple the amount of money we spend from $15 to $45 billion a year, give every single teacher a raise to get out of the $60,000 level.”

“I’m married to a teacher. My deceased wife is a teacher,” Biden went on. “They have every problem coming to them. We gotta make sure that every single child does in fact have three, four and five year olds go to schools, not daycare, school. We bring social workers into homes to help them deal with how to raise children. It’s not just that they don’t want to help, they don’t quite know what to do.”

“Play the radio, make sure the television  excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night,” he added.

At this point the moderator interrupted “Thank you,” to mark the end of his speaking time.

However, Biden decided he would keep going, and then pivoted to Venezuela while still struggling to form a coherent answer to the original question on slavery.

“Here’s the deal. The deal is we’ve got this a little backwards and by the way, in Venezuela… we should be allowing people to come here from Venezuela,” he said. “I know Madura. I confronted Madura. Number two, you talk about the need to do something in Latin America. I’m the guy that came up with $740 million to see to it those three countries in fact change their system so people don’t have a chance to leave. You’re all acting like we just discovered this yesterday.”

via zerohedge


  1. F Democrats. I got the perfect answer to these POSs. ““But as you stand here tonight, what responsibility do you think Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?” she asked the candidate.” We should do just what Jemele Hill suggests. We should go back to segregation. “You people” go to your schools. And, as Joe Biden said, the smart white kids will go to their schools. F this sh!t. I for one am now happy to channel Barack Obama. White people are racist. I am racist against ALL and ANY Democrat.

  2. What responsibility do these people think that Black people in Chicago should take for murdering each other in record numbers or how about the black people seen on camera dousing cops with water in New York. Should the entire black race feel a sense of guilt for the actions of some . History is what it is and how a society lived in a certain period of time does not make an entire race forever guilty with no end in sight. The goal is to always strive to be better but everyone is an individual and should be held accountable for their actions and no one else’s . I don’t like Joe Biden but i do not want to be judged on any actions of people from any past or present time. It’s time to put slavery to rest and all agree it was a bad time in our history but we need to put an expiration date on it because making others feel guilty long after some one else’s actions is not the way to come together.

  3. Actually, Joe isn’t all that out of touch…and rest assured…I am NOT a supporter of anyone in the Democratic party…but, for the first time since 1987 the vinyl RECORD is set to outsell the compact disc.

  4. I think that anyone who has raised children would agree
    that at times it can be difficult and trying. That difficult
    can be all the more true if it is in a single parent household.
    The issue is not the race of the family but the structure within
    the family that is at issue.

  5. We are not responcible for desition made made by other people especially before we were born.If you are looking for blame on black slaves you have to go back to Africa. There poerful black tribes captured members of weaker tribes, took their captives through a black kingdom with a black king to be traded for goods at the slave pens. It was there that ships came in purchased the slaves and tranported them throughout the world. It was England with The United States that followed a year later that started to do something about slavery. In 1802 england banned the shipping of slaves and a year later The United States followed. That meant any ship carring slaves was a pirate ship. Lets not forget the number of whites that were sold into slaves in Africa. What I am saying before assigning blame LOOK IN MIRROR

  6. He is totally incoherent. I hope he is the Democrat’s winner so Trump can drag him up and down the debate stage next year. He needs some help, badly.

  7. All of these Democrat assholes have shit for brains. They are dumber than dog shit. No one will vote for any of these idiots for president. They all make Trump’s reelection job easier.

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