‘Soft bigotry of low expectations’: Biden assures students at historically black college they’re ‘just as good’

Not since he called Barack Obama “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean” has now-President Joe Biden flirted with disaster as much as he did on Monday while speaking at Bowie State University.

Located in Maryland, Bowie State University is a historically black college and university (HBCU), and the president appeared in the safe confines to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections when he displayed the “soft bigotry of low expectations,” as social media characterized his words, while boasting about alleged actions he took to assist HBCUs.

“Look, talking about my historic commitment to HBCU’s that includes $5.8 billion I put in the budget for HBCUs. You know why? HBCU’s don’t have the endowments that others have,” Biden said. “But guess what, you’re just as smart, you’re just as bright, you’re just as good as any college in America. And that money, that money is to build laboratories and other things for the future that you need to have access to.”

But then, we are reminded that there seems to be a pattern when it comes to Biden.

In 2019, while campaigning for president, he told a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” adding later, “They can do anything that anybody else can do, given a shot.”

His campaign scrambled in response to the awkward gaffe to say that Biden misspoke.

Then again, Biden just may be “a patronizing old bigot,” as one social media user posited in response to his remarks…. here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:


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