Posted on May 20, 2024

Biden Invokes Race in Speech at Morehouse College Graduation

Jack Birle, Washington Examiner, May 19, 2024

President Joe Biden spoke at the Morehouse College graduation ceremony on Sunday, discussing race and the war in Gaza, among other matters.

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During the speech, Biden invoked race several times — crediting the anguish over the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 for his decision to enter public service. King was a graduate of Morehouse College.

“Dr. King’s legacy had a profound impact on me and my generation, whether you’re black or white. I left the fancy law firm I just joined and decided to become a public defender, and then a county council working to change our state’s politics — to embrace the cause of civil rights,” Biden said.

“The Democratic Party in Delaware was a southern Democratic Party at the time. We wanted to change it to become a northeastern Democratic Party.”

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Biden said he was “proud to put in the first Black woman on the United States Supreme Court” and that “no doubt one day a Morehouse man will be on that court as well.”

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“Today in Georgia, they won’t allow water to be available to you while you wait in line to vote in the election. What the hell’s that all about? I’m serious, think about it,” Biden said. “And then constant attacks on black election workers who count your vote, insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol with Confederate flags are called patriots by some. Not in my house.”

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