In a 90-minute interview in his office in Washington, the former Vice President Joe Biden told reporters that racism has always been around in America. The institutional racism is a white man's problem, Biden added.
Addressing President Trump's rhetoric, Biden pointed out that presidents are influential and what they say matter. Their words could not only make financial markets rise and fall, but they could also ''appeal to the worst damn human instincts,'' Biden said.
Erin Perrine, a spokesperson for Trump's campaign, rejected the allegations of white supremacy saying that all the Americans benefited from President Trump's policy. In her statement, Perrine called Biden ''a failing candidate who is grasping at paper straws to stay relevant.''
Biden's competitor for the Democratic nomination, Pete Buttigieg, recently shared similar views on white nationalism in the United States. Earlier this month, Buttigieg attended a conference of black journalists and communication experts in Miami where he discussed the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. He pointed out that systematic racism was a white problem.
Race, racism, as well as white supremacy, have been significant issues in the 2020 presidential run, especially among the Democratic candidates. Joe Biden has often criticized the current head of state of his comments on race. Moreover, Biden often describes the presidential race as '' a battle for the soul'' of our nation.
Biden's Democratic competitors in the race, Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker attacked him for his previous comments about working with segregationists in the Senate and his views on public school busing.
Democratic candidates have actively been competing for the black and Latino voters, particularly in the early-voting state of South Carolina. Joe Biden has already received the support of the Congressional Black Caucus. He is also planning several visits to historically black colleges and universities in the South.
In addition to that, Biden stated he would try to reclaim Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Apart from focusing on black and Latino communities, Biden also emphasized an appeal to non-college-educated white voters.
During the hour-long interview, Biden stated that if nominated, he would consider a woman or a person of color for vice president. If elected president, Biden pledged he would work together with the Justice Department to enforce voting rights laws in favor of the black voters.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the Joe Biden's statement that the institutional racism is a white man's problem in America?