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The day after former Vice President Joe Biden decades ago recalled his "bourgeois" and productive working relationships with two longtime secessionists and racist compatriots, other Democrats are plunging into a fundraiser in New York City.
Donor he has reached over the course of his career. "I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland," Biden said, according to a pool report. "He never called me 'boy', he used to call me 'son'."
"Well, guess what, at least there was some courtesy," Biden said, pointing out a working relationship he had with Georgia Sen. Herman Talmadge, another segregationist Democrat. "We did things, we did not agree on anything, we did things, we did it, but today you look the other way and you're the enemy, not the opposition, the enemy, we." do not talk to each other anymore.
Eastland represented Mississippi in the Senate for decades, rejecting integration into public schools, the military, and elsewhere, and resolutely opposing civil rights legislation.
At the height of Busboykotts of pastor Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery Eastland said a segregation: "In each phase of the bus boycott we were suppressed and humiliated, because we were black, slimy and juicy. unbearably stinking nuts. According to Robert Caro's Master Of The Senate Eastland called on the crowd to "abolish the Negro race" with "weapons, bow and arrow, slings and knives."
"You don & # 39; I'm not kidding about calling black men boys, "said Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, one of the three black Democratic presidential candidates, in a statement on Wednesday." Vice President Biden's relationships with proud segregationists are not the model how we make America a safer and inclusive place for black people and for all. I have to tell Vice President Biden, as someone I respect, that he is wrong in his relations with Eastland and Talmadge as examples of how we can bring our country together. "Biden reverses position, rejects Hyde's amendment and cites attacks on abortion “/>