Cedric Humphrey, a student from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania asked Biden at an ABC News town hall event in Philadelphia about his famous gaffe.
“Many people believe that the true swing demographic in this election will be black voters under the age 30 — not because they’ll be voting for Trump, but because they won’t vote at all,” said Humphrey, who identified himself as a “progressive Democrat.”
“I myself have had this exact same conflict,” he said.
“So my question for you, then, is: Besides ‘you ain’t black,’ what do you have to say to young black voters who see voting for you as further participation in a system that continually fails to protect them?”
“First of all, as my buddy John Lewis said, it’s a sacred opportunity the right to vote, it can make a difference. If young black women and men vote, you can determine the outcome of the election,”
From The New York Post:
Biden continued at length, talking about how teachers needed to be paid $60,000 a year, that there needed to be more school psychologists and how he would guarantee a $15,000 down-payment for first-time homebuyers.
After a few minutes, moderator George Stephanopoulos asked Humphrey if his question had been answered.
“Uh, I guess so,” Humphey replied.
Since announcing his White House bid, Biden has come under fire for the crime bills he shepherded during his three decades in the Senate which unfairly punished African Americans.
The former veep also set off a racially-charged political maelstrom in May when he claimed that minorities who voted for President Trump “ain’t black.”
Young African-American voter to Joe Biden:
"Besides 'you ain't black,' what do you have to say to young black voters who see voting for you as further participation in a system that fails to protect them?" pic.twitter.com/acT4UWxUwe
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 16, 2020