Racial Coding: Was this over the top for a VP to say?
Vice President Joe Biden raised eyebrows at a Virginia campaign rally
(composed of a large majority of blacks) today when he said Mitt Romney and his economic ideas would "put y'all
back in chains."
Of the Republican ticket and newly-minted VP nominee Paul Ryan's budget plan, Biden said: "They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it."
"Look at what they value. Look at their budget and what they’re
proposing. [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the
big banks once again write their own rules – unchain Wall Street ...
They’re going to put y’all back in chains."
While Biden likely meant that Americans would be shackled, metaphorically, by corporate greed, his words conjured up more provocative imagery - especially considering he was speaking before a large number of blacks in the audience.
Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said “The
comments made by the vice president are not acceptable in our political
discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama campaign will say and
do anything to win this election."
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter didn't back down.
"I think [President Obama] probably agrees
with Joe Biden's sentiments," Cutter said. "He's using a metaphor to
talk about what's going to happen."
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