WASHINGTON – Joe Biden tried to clear up his earlier comments on Thursday evening when he suggested that the black community in the US lack diversity compared to Hispanics.
“Today I made some comments on diversity in the African American and Latin American communities that I want to clarify. I was not trying to suggest that the African American community is a monolith – not by identity, not by subject, not at all,” Biden said in one Thread of tweets.
“During my career, I have seen the diversity of thoughts, backgrounds and feelings in the African American community. That diversity makes our jobs, communities and our country a better place,” he continued. “My commitment to you is that I will always listen, I will never stop fighting for the African American community, and I will never stop fighting for a fairer future.”
His answer came after hearing criticism of comments about a biden that were told a National Public Radio reporter from Latina in an interview released on Thursday. It was part of a series of interviews hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. His comments came during a discussion on US and Cuban politics.
“What you all know that most people don’t know, unlike the African American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes toward different things,” said Biden. “When you go to Florida, you find a very different attitude to immigration in certain places than in Arizona. So it’s a very different, very diverse community.”
Biden came under fire because of the comments, including from President Donald Trump, who tweeted in response: “Wow! Joe Biden has just lost the entire African American community. What a stupid thing!”
Biden’s senior advisor for his 2020 presidential campaign, Symone Sanders, defended the former vice president’s comments, saying Biden was referring to “different attitudes among Latinos from different Latin American countries”. She said a video of what he said that was circulating was “conveniently cut to do this about racial diversity, but that’s not the case.”
Kristen Welker contributed.