By now you’ve likely heard about the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s comments about black people who
may not vote for him are undecided on voting for him or President Donald Trump.
In an appearance on The Breakfast Club with Charlamagne Tha God hosting. The episode was aired via video chat and was published to the Breakfast Club’s YouTube channel.
When the conversation came to black people voting for Biden, the former vice president decided to question the blackness of those conflicted on voting for him or President Trump. Sometimes the episode became heated.
Alright, Joe Biden, we will look at your record when it comes to Black America.
1994 Crime Bill
There is a lot to be said about the 1994 Crime Bill that then-Senator Joe Biden wrote.
The 1994 Violent Crime Act disproportionately affects Black Americans with lengthy prison sentences.
The bill came as a response to the rampant rise in violent crime during the 90s. Most of the crime was linked to violence via the inner-city gangs and drug dealer violence. Some have said it was the Drug War that fueled the sale of a variety of substances. The top three drugs that cops and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) would routinely go after was crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and cannabis (marijuana).
Even the smallest of infractions could end up with someone being behind bars for a very long time. This is because of the three-strikes provision in the bill that made imprisonment permanent upon one’s third felony offense without the possibility of parole. Now, some would say that this person would have deserved a lengthy sentence for committing their third felony. The problem with that conclusion is that selling cannabis in almost any amount meant that someone could have a felony on their record.
On a third offense, a person could face a mandatory minimum. This is when the three-strikes provision in the 1994 Crime Bill comes into play. On a third offense, it doesn’t matter what type of offense someone commits. That person will face a mandatory minimum sentence that would grant excessive sentencing time that doesn’t match the third offense’s sentencing range. In other words, someone could be arrested for selling cannabis three-times and face a mandatory minimum that could land them in prison for 10 to 30 years depending on the state.
Read More about 1994 Crime Bill 3 Strikes: Click Here
Here is a video of Bill Clinton being cursed out by someone upset over mandatory minimums:
The 1994 Crime Bill made it possible for someone to be labeled a “drug kingpin.” It didn’t matter how much someone was selling in a drug. On a first-time non-violent offense someone could find themselves in jail for over a decade. In 2011, Patricia Spottedcrow found out that the Oklahoma Criminal Justice system had a few flaws thanks to Joe Biden’s 1994 Crime Bill. Spottedcrow sold $11 worth of cannabis to an undercover police informant. On another occasion, she sold the same person an additional $20 worth. Patricia was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the distribution of cannabis and an additional 2 years for possession of cannabis.
Isn’t it a little excessive to imprison someone over $31 in cannabis sales and simple possession? Well, that’s the problem with the drug kingpin label. Thanks to Joe Biden and his 1994 Crime Bill the label of drug kingpin can be thrown on anyone selling any substance in any amount. Usually, the threshold requires more than one sale. However, in the Spottedcrow case, the sale amounts were so low that some SUV drivers would have trouble filling up their gas tank with such small amounts.
In 2012, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin forced the issue and approved Spottedcrow’s parole. Sounds great, right? Wrong. Spottedcrow still owed court fees which she never paid because she is a poor woman who was jailed and taken out of the work market. In 2017, Spottedcrow was jailed yet again for a few thousand dollars in court fees when her original arrest that generated those fees would be considered ridiculous by most Americans.
Punishing Poor Black Male Parents
Joe Biden and then-President Bill Clinton went after what they defined as “deadbeat parents.” In 1998, with the support of Joe Biden, Bill Clinton signed the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act.
Stop for a second and think about that name. Should any non-violent offense face a punishment that needs to be written into federal legislation?
While speaking about the bill, Clinton even named deadbeat fathers as the primary reason why he signed it. He called out and singled out an individual gender when the Tender Years Doctrine was still in effect. The Tender Years Doctrine allowed mothers to win custody of children over the father in family court almost all of the time. If mothers were ordered to pay child support at the same rate that fathers were do you think Bill Clinton would say something gender-specific?
In case you’re wondering why states such as South Carolina are jailing so many black men for missed child support payments you can thank Joe Biden and Bill Clinton for that. In South Carolina, if a parent misses a child support payment a County Clerk of Court can bring it before a Family Court judge. That judge will issue a bench warrant for that parent’s arrest. It wouldn’t matter if the parent recently lost their job. That person has less than a week to pay their child support or face jail.
Black men in South Carolina make up the majority of those incarcerated for missing child support payment(s). In 2015, The New York Times published an article about the 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott in North Charleston. The article was about South Carolina child support enforcement and how black men were disproportionately jailed for missing payments.
If someone is jailed for a missed child support payment their child support debt continues to accrue even during incarceration. Post-release, a person who was jailed for this offense has only a month to begin paying again. This is even though the state of South Carolina would have just given this person an arrest record thus making it harder for that person to find a job.
At any given time, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1-in-8 inmates in South Carolina jails are in there for missed child support payments with the vast majority of those specific individuals being black men.
In 2019, The National Center for State Legislators (NCSL) published an article about the state of child support collection in the United States. In that article, some disturbing facts are revealed. NCSL provided statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Here are the facts about child support collection and black men:
- 46% have a high school diploma or less. A college education is out of the grasp of many of these black men since they have to often pay excessively high child support amounts. Going to college is hard enough and paying for it is even harder without having to give up, sometimes, more than a 3rd of one’s income.
- In 2009, 13.2% of South Carolina inmates at any given time were in jail for a missed child support payment(s). This costs S.C. taxpayers over $20,000 per inmate per year. Most of those inmates incarcerated for missed child support payments are black men.
- In 2009, 18,848 people were incarcerated in South Carolina.
- In 2020, S.C. taxpayers will pay more than $20,000 per inmate per year. In 2009, the cost per inmate was $14,545. If 13.2% of all inmates were locked up for a missed child support payment(s) at the cost of $14,545 per inmate then that means in 2009 S.C. taxpayers paid $36,173,415 to incarcerate mostly black men for a non-violent offense.
- Nearly 60% of black men who are also HS dropouts have done time for a missed child support payment(s) by the time they reach age 30.
- 41% of all incarcerated parents, especially black men, made less than $11,000 per year. This would mean that over 40% of people thrown in jail for missing a child support payment are poor people.
- Many of the people jailed were making $1000 or less per month and working at least part-time. In many cases, the family courts will order child support payment amounts that a reasonable person has to suspect a parent couldn’t afford.
This was the case even when the father wasn’t trying to avoid payments and the family courts would often make it impossible for a father to catch up. One such case is Jamal Holmes of North Charleston, South Carolina. He is a truck driver and because he fell behind on child support payments he was being threatened with the removal of his license. The problem with this is that Holmes is a truck driver. If his license is removed then how in the world could he possibly pay back the child support if he cannot work due to the government removing his ability to engage in his primary means of making a living?
If Joe Biden cared so much about black and brown people then surely he would’ve stopped President Barack Obama from killing so many.
Here is a quote from the Council on Foreign Relations about Obama’s drone strikes of black and brown people:
“The United States conducted a drone strike over central Yemen, killing one al-Qaeda operative. The strike was the last under Obama (that we know of). The 542 drone strikes that Obama authorized killed an estimated 3,797 people, including 324 civilians. As he reportedly told senior aides in 2011: “Turns out I’m good at killing people. Didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.”
It’s great to know that Walter Scott (only missed child support payments) wasn’t the only one who lost his life from a non-violent offense. Sometimes, just being in your home country means that President Obama and Joe Biden would send a missile through your window. This isn’t an opinion. This happened several times. In 2009 alone, the CIA conducted drone strikes with President Obama’s approval and killed up to 210 innocent civilians.
Read more about Obama’s 2009 drone strikes: Click here
Joe Biden and those like him are no friends of black people. He isn’t a friend of any person of color. His record shows that he would rather demonize black people than to allow them to prosper. His 1994 Crime Bill and support of various Clinton and Obama policies have been devastating to the black community in the U.S.
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