Flashback: Biden didn’t just compromise with segregationists; he fought for their cause

Flashback: Biden didn’t just compromise with segregationists; he fought for their cause
Joe Biden and Robert Byrd (Image: LU Staff via AP)

[Ed. – The dateline of this article is June 25, 2019. It was written back when the media were truthful about Joe Biden, whom they viewed as a has-been making a third feeble attempt at a Democratic nomination he had no chance of winning.]

In a 1975 Senate hearing, the legendary civil rights lawyer Jack Greenberg had something to say to freshman Sen. Joe Biden.

Greenberg, longtime director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, took Biden to task for sponsoring a bill that would limit the power of courts to order school desegregation with busing. It was a move that followed the wishes of many of Biden’s white constituents in Delaware.

The bill “heaves a brick through the window of school integration,” said Greenberg, one of the lawyers who had won the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended legal school segregation 21 years earlier. And according to Greenberg, Biden was the man with his hand on the brick.

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Biden’s role in fighting student busing more than four decades ago has received renewed attention after the 76-year-old presidential candidate touted his ability to compromise with segregationists during his long Senate career.

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