Joe Biden shouldn’t police blackness, but he wasn’t totally wrong | Solomon Jones

Written by on May 26, 2020

Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer

During my teen years in North Philly, we had a label for the guy who got a little too comfortable before he really got a chance to know you.

He was the guy who said things that might’ve been appropriate coming from your cousin or your best friend. However, those same statements were not cool coming from Joe Familiar, because you and Joe didn’t have the kind of relationship that allowed him to speak frankly about personal matters.

Last week, during an interview on the Breakfast Club, a black-oriented syndicated radio show based in New York City, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden became Joe Familiar. And it wasn’t a good thing.

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump,” Biden said during an interview with co-host Charlamagne tha God, “then you ain’t black.”

The Breakfast Club airs in over 90 radio markets. It is simulcast on Revolt TV, the digital music cable network founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. The show is beyond influential. It is essential content for African Americans, especially those in the younger demographic where Biden doesn’t poll as well as he does with black seniors.

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