Before You Support Biden Remember How He Treated Wade McCree Jr. and his Stance on Busing.

Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is taking heat from the other Democratic Presidential Contenders, Pundits and members of the public for his comments on reaching across the isle and working with known racists to get things done. Well he actually deserves more heat and should be shunned by Democrats for his stance on busing and his treatment of Detroit’s own Wade McCree Jr. No, not the Judge who famously took selfies of himself but his father. His Wikipedia page details his achievements :

Wade Hampton McCree Jr. (July 3, 1920 – August 30, 1987) was an American attorney, judge, public official and law professor. He was the first African American appointed as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the second African-American United States Solicitor General in the history of the United States. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School after leaving government service in 1981, and taught there until the time of his death.

In 1977 then Senator Joe Biden was the lone vote against Wade McCree Jr. becoming the second African American Solicitor General of the United States. In April of this year Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post wrote this:

In 1977, two black men nominated for key Justice Department posts by President Jimmy Carter easily won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee. After confirmation by the full Senate, Drew Days III became the nation’s first black head of the department’s civil rights division and Wade McCree became the second black solicitor general. 

Only one member of the committee voted against them. It wasn’t segregationists Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) or James Eastland (D-Miss.). It wasn’t even former Ku Klux Klan member Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.). The lone Judiciary Committee vote against the two men was Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.).

Biden’s opposition to Days and McCree was part of his crusade against busing, an imperfect and controversial means of desegregating public schools by transporting children to various schools farther away than their neighborhood ones. Biden initially supported busing during his 1972 Senate campaign, but once in office, he became the chamber’s leading liberal voice against it.

“I oppose busing. It’s an asinine concept, the utility of which has never been proven to me,” he said in a 1975 interview. “I’ve gotten to the point where I think our only recourse to eliminate busing may be a constitutional amendment.”

Biden’s shift reflected the politics of his white constituents who were livid about a court-ordered integration plan in Wilmington, Del. 

Biden wanted Days and McCree to unequivocally state their opposition to the Wilmington decision.

McCree, a federal appellate judge in Detroit, said he saw nothing in the U.S. Constitution that “mandates a racial mix” in public schools and believed busing was “counter-productive” to achieving integration because it had become a “code word,” according to a March 3, 1977, report in the Wilmington-based News Journal. But he would not specifically give an opinion on the Wilmington decision. 

As a judge, McCree also had participated in a decision that ordered busing in the Detroit area. 

She goes on to write how Biden explained his actions:

Stopping the integration of schools through busing was so important to Biden that he said it was a primary reason he wanted to be on the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

“One of the reasons I asked to join the Judiciary Committee, was so that I could work more closely with the attorney general and solicitor general and thereby put a stop to busing,” Biden said, according to a Feb. 18, 1977, News Journal article. 

And on March 9 of that year, Biden gave a Senate floor speech detailing why he opposed the two men’s nominations: “I voted against them because we seem to disagree over an issue of great concern to me and the citizens of Delaware. The issue is forced busing. I oppose it. The citizens of Delaware oppose it. And, if my instincts are correct, the people in this nation oppose it.”

I don’t care if he spent Eight years as Vice President to President Obama, Joe Biden is a racist. Leopards do not change their spots. If he was against busing in 1977 he is still against it today.

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