By Quentin Choy
June 11, 2021
If you’ve been on any conservative social media pages in the last few days, you’d be seeing lots of things regarding Hunter Biden his use of the n-word in text messages to his lawyer.
The usage of the word by Hunter Biden was obviously wrong and foolish, even if it is legally protected speech.
While I understand most of the genuine criticism of Hunter Biden using the word, it is brief and without action. Some of the most controversial speech from people in power like Hunter Biden’s father were just senseless such as when he told Black voters that they “ain’t Black” if they didn’t vote for him.
However, language such as that of Stop the Steal and the language that led to the insurrection at the Capitol led to actual, devastating action. The same sort of language was used by then-Candidate Trump when he advocated for killing not just terrorists, but the families of terrorists as well.
While the n-word is a clear example of senseless speech, it is not inherently dangerous that can lead to action like some other speech that is tolerated and even accepted by society.
Hunter Biden’s use of the n-word is unsurprising to anyone who has paid attention to him and his family. Joe Biden was the architect of the 1994 crime bill which heavily impacted African-Americans, his record on bussing and working with segregationists was pointed out by his then-rival Kamala Harris, and his condescension toward African-American voters is still seen today.
Joe Biden has a racist past, and if you paid attention, it isn’t surprising. I voted for him, knowing this record. However, Trump’s record wasn’t clean on this area either with the Central Park Five and his responses to Black Lives Matter in Lafayette Square being stains on his handling of race. So, really it came down to which candidate both of which had racist pasts could better deal with a pandemic.
While I wish picking between two racists wasn’t the case, that was the reality. Biden wasn’t my original pick in the primaries, and I hope that one day a candidate will come along that isn’t racist but doesn’t make race the center of all their policies either. Is this too much of an ask? Hopefully not.
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