Joe Biden has the distinction of being the first sitting American president to speak at a Sunday service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. His speech included some questionable claims Biden is fond of making when he wants to provide some personal cred for participating in the civil rights movement, back in the day, though there is no proof of such claims.
Sunday would have been MLK, Jr.’s 94th birthday. The Sunday service was devoted to recognizing the day. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is the pastor of the church, the church once led by MLK, Jr. and MLK, Sr., too. He invited Biden to join in the worship service and deliver a speech to the congregation.
Biden began his speech by establishing his religious and civil rights bona fides. Because, of course he did. And, he dragged Andrew Young into the mix.
“Let’s lay one thing to rest. I may be a practicing Catholic, but used to go to 7:30 Mass every morning in high school and then in college, before I went to the Black church,” Biden said. “Not a joke. Andy knows this.”
“Andy, it’s so great to see you, man,” the president continued, addressing former U.N. Ambassador and former Southern Christian Leadership Conference executive director Andrew Young. “You’re one of the greatest we’ve ever had. Andy and I took on apartheid in South Africa and a whole lot else. They didn’t want to see him coming. But we used to – that’s when we would organize to march and to desegregate the city.”
That all sounds good but it doesn’t seem to be true. Biden had to admit during his 2020 presidential campaign that he has a problem with the truth about his participation in the civil rights movement. He spoke about organizing anti-segregation protests at a prominent black church in Wilmington, Delaware, as well as frequently attending services there.
“When I was a teenager in Delaware, for real, I got involved in the civil rights movement,” Biden said at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in South Carolina in January 2020. “I’d go to 8 o’clock Mass, then I’d go to Rev. Herring’s church where we’d meet in order to organize and figure where we were going to go, whether we were going to desegregate the Rialto movie theater or what we were going to do.”
It turned out that the former Delaware NAACP president defended Biden in a 2019 op-ed. He vouched for Biden as an ally of those who protested the Rialto Theater’s segregation policy. But, no one could vouch for Biden being a church-goer at the church.
Biden also had to admit a story he frequently told about being arrested with Andrew Young in South Africa as they protested apartheid was not true.
“I was never arrested and I don’t think [Biden] was, either,” Young said at the time.
“I guess I wasn’t arrested, I was stopped,” Biden admitted.
He wasn’t even really an activist, at least not as far as actually joining in protests went.
Biden also acknowledged in the 1980s that he was not a civil rights activist and never marched during the movement. He was “concerned”, though. Does that count?
“During the ’60s, I was, in fact, very concerned about the civil rights movement,” Biden, who was running for president at the time, said during a speech in 1987. “I was not an activist. I worked at an all-Black swimming pool in the east side of Wilmington, Delaware. I was involved in what they were thinking, in what they were feeling.”
“But I was not out marching, I was not down in Selma,” he continued. “I was not anywhere else.”
Yet, there he was at Ebenezer Baptist Church spinning the yarn again about attending a black church as a teenager. And, he brought up South Africa, too. The man is shameless. He already came clean about his fabulism. He’s desperate to identify as a black man, I guess. He has to know he’ll get called out for it. He persists.
Just over a year ago, Biden came to Atlanta to criticize Georgia’s voting law reforms. He referred to it as Jim Crow 2.0. Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is a Biden White House adviser now and she is reported to have helped write his remarks. She told reporters that Biden’s remarks would include a focus on voting rights. Georgia, by the way, had the largest voter turn-out ever during the mid-term elections last November. So much for voter suppression.
It should also be noted that Raphael Warnock now feels comfortable inviting Biden to Georgia. He spent his entire re-election campaign running away from him. He refused to say he wanted Biden to come and campaign for him. The election is over and he won, so I guess the coast is clear now. Biden is free to come to Georgia and tell his whoppers whenever he wants.