[Ed. – My, how times have changed.]
The Washington Post reports on an interview a Delaware newspaper conducted with Joe Biden in 1975. On the subject of race, Biden stated:
I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race.’ I don’t buy that.
Putting an even finer point on it, Biden added:
I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation. And I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.
How about 345 years ago, Joe?
It followed from this sensible attitude that, as the Post notes, Biden took a lead role in the fight against busing white children to majority-black schools and black children to majority-white schools in order to force integration when neighborhood demographics cut against it.