Where’s the ‘racial equality’? Psaki gets called out on her last day for repeated failure to call on reporter from African news outlet

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WASHINGTON, DC- But Republicans are apparently the racists. As now former White House press secretary Jen Psaki sailed off into the sunset to her MSNBC gig, the true colors (no pun intended) of the Biden administration was laid bare for all to see on Friday.

For all the bloviating the Biden administration and Psaki in particular have done about “racial equity,” “social justice” and “anti-racism,” the phoniness of that narrative was there for all to see as Psaki wrapped up her 15+ months as mouthpiece for the Brandon administration.

Toward the end of her final press conference, Psaki was offering the usual platitudes, thanking Biden, the administration and the White House press corps while appearing to fight back tears. At that point, the chief White House correspondent for Today News Africa, Simon Ateba, shouted out one question from the back of the room which was telling.

As is typical for Psaki, she only answers questions from reporters seated in the first couple of rows in the White House briefing room. A number of so-called “establishment” outlets, which are hand-picked by the White House Correspondents’ Association, are included on the White House press room seating chart, according to The Western Journal.

The first few rows are occupied by reporters from mainstream outlets such as Fox News, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, and other well-known outlets. Any reporters not on the “approved” list are required to stand in the back of the room, and are typically passed over for questions.

For his part, Ateba had enough.

“Why don’t you take questions from across the room?” Ateba asked Psaki. “Why don’t you take questions from across the room? Because that’s not what you’ve been able to do for the past 15 months.”

According to Michael Austin of the Western Journal, Psaki ignored him.

“Is this ‘equity?’

An African reporter forced to sit in the back of the White House press briefing room tried to ask Psaki a question & was completely ignored.

‘Why don’t you take questions from across the room?’

Psaki and an NPR reporter later urged him to remain silent.”

A few minutes later, an incensed Ateba tried again.

“Jen, can I ask you a question from the back?” he asked, then repeating it, “Jen, can I ask you a question from the back?”

As noted by Austin, a few minutes later both Psaki and NPR’s Tamara Keith told Ateba to remain silent, the New York Post reported.

“Simon, if you can respect your colleagues and other media and reporters in here, that would be greatly appreciated,” Psaki said.

Now, can you imagine say Kayleigh McEnaney or Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling a black reporter to basically shut up during the Trump administration? It would have been blasted all over the usual suspects—NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and the papers—the Washington Post and the New York Times.

For his part, Ateba hasn’t played nice with the Democratic Party line, which is probably why Psaki chose to ignore him, or at least attempt to do so.

For example, in December Ateba sparred with Psaki over the Biden administration’s travel ban, comparing that action to what would have happened if former President Trump had done the same thing. He noted that in a case like that, Trump would have been labeled a racist.

As we have seen over the past 16 months, the Biden administration is all about “equity”—in other words, equality of outcomes, where minority groups are prioritized and given special advantages based only on the color of their skin.

While the Biden administration appears to talk a good game, equity is only applicable if the beneficiaries fall in line with a big-government agenda, the Western Journal noted. As they wrote, “the only black lives that matter are the ones they agree with.”

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Racism is of course nothing new to Joe Biden himself, as the following piece shows:

DIG DEEPER

Joe Biden, the human gaffe machine, is knee deep in it again. In 2019 during a meeting with a group of black mayors in Georgia, Biden said that part of the problem with education reform in their communities was the fact that “parents can’t read or write themselves,” according to a New York Times report from Thursday.

The statement as reported in the Times was uttered during the private meeting.

Three people who were at the event confirmed the version of events to the paper, where Biden made the comment that the problem black communities have to deal with is that “the parents can’t read or write themselves.

According to the report, his comment “shocked and frustrated” those in the room.

Biden’s campaign did not deny that he made the comment, and responded to the Times report, saying:

“The Vice President regularly talks about how his father’s experience has shaped the way he feels about and views the relationship between parents and their children’s learning.”

The campaign did not explain how the comments that Biden made had anything to do with Biden’s “father[s] experience.”

The revelation comes on the heels of Biden’s poor showings in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire democratic primary last Tuesday. Biden left New Hampshire before the primary even occurred and headed to South Carolina, where he is believed to have an advantage over the other candidates due to the high percentage of African Americans in that state.

Before a group of enthusiastic supporters at a gathering in Columbia, S.C., Biden told about 200 enthusiastic attendees:

“Up to now, we haven’t heard from the most committed constituency of the Democratic party, the African American community,” Biden said.

He added, “99.9 percent. That’s the percentage of African American voters that have not yet had a chance to vote in America.”

However, after two straight losses in the first two contests, Biden is in a precarious position. The literacy comment “shocked and frustrated many in the close-knit group,” the Times said.

A study on adult literacy from the National Center for Education Statistics from 2014 showed that white Americans made up 33% of low-skilled adults, Hispanic adults accounting for 35% of that group, while black Americans made up 23% of low literacy adults. In other words, statistics do not bear out what Biden stated.

Biden’s remarks are not the first time that comments he has made about black families and parents have caused concern in the black community.

On September 12 at the third Democratic debate in Houston, the moderator asked a question about how the government should address the history of slavery. Biden answered with a babbling reference stating that black parents need outside help to properly raise their children.

ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis asked Biden:

“As you stand here tonight, what responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?”

Now, if Biden were smart, as a Democrat he would have put on his Elizabeth Warren hat and gone off on some babbling tangent about reparations. However, Biden is not that quick.

Biden started a tangent about systemic racism and mentioned “institutional segregation” and unequal public school funding, he then shifted gears and went on to rail about “the problems that come from home” as a source of racial inequality, according to a transcript provided by Slate.

“Make sure that every single child does, in fact, have three, four and five-year-olds go to school. School! Not day care, school. We bring social workers into homes of parents to help them deal with ho to raise their children. It’s not that they don’t want to help. They don’t know what—they don’t know what quite what to do,” Biden said.

“Play the radio. Make sure the television—excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night. The phone—make sure the kids hear words. A kid coming from a very poor school—er, a very poor background will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time they get there,” he added.

We cannot even translate that…a record player? Is this the 1970’s? 80’s?

The last sentence about spoken words comes from a study reported by NPR in 2018, citing a 2017 where it was found by researchers that by the age of three, kids from low-income households heard four-million fewer words than wealthy kids.

However, it was Biden’s comments about taking a question about the legacy of slavery and turning it around to speak about inadequate parenting by individual families, as opposed to any type of systemic racism that upset some people.

The record player remark? That pretty much drew the “Oh Joe!” types of reaction.

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In an interview with left-wing apologist reporter Hallie Jackson of MSNBC, Biden’s communications director Kate Bedingfield said that she didn’t believe that Biden should have answered the question differently, and in fact did not address criticisms of the racial implication of Biden’s comments.

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“[Biden] made the same point he makes all the time about the investment in underserved communities and his record of investing in underserved communities…the point that he was making was an incredibly important one, which is about exposure to language and making sure kids have the resources and opportunities to learn,” she said.

All of this comes as Biden’s support among black voters is starting to slip. A poll this past week showed Biden’s support among black voters nationally had fallen from 49 percent last month to 27 percent this month.

In South Carolina, where experts have pretty much agreed that Biden has to win to remain viable, he still remains pretty popular among party leaders, however some South Carolina Democrats say that Tom Steyer of all people has become somewhat of a significant factor in the primary there.

Steyer has been dropping some of his billions trying to court black voters, spending heavily on advertising and trying to buy off businesses across the state. This has put Steyer in second place in South Carolina with 15 percent of the vote in current polls in the state.

Since July, Steyer has dumped roughly $14 million on local ads in the state, which amounts to roughly 70 percent of the total spent on political ads in the state by ALL candidates from BOTH parties, according to Advertising Analytics, an ad tracking firm.

Steyer has also bought into the reparations claptrap, which has helped his numbers in South Carolina.

Biden at one time was all but certain to receive an endorsement by Representative James E. Clyburn, the state’s most powerful Democrat. While an endorsement such as this was at one time seen as a political certainty, that no longer seems to be the case.

Two individuals familiar Clyburn’s thinking acknowledge that he is becoming increasingly worried about endorsing a candidate who is not guaranteed to win the state.

“The thing about it is, I don’t know how much real solid support he ever had,” said JA Moore, a state representative from Charleston, S.C., who went to Biden’s event on Tuesday to see what he had to say.

Moore however was not convinced. Moore ended up endorsing small-town mayor Pete Buttigieg, who ended up finishing well ahead of Biden in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

State Senator Marlon Kimpson, a Democrat who endorsed Biden, insisted that voters of color in his district, located in the Charleston area, would not take direction from the heavily white states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

“Many, quite frankly, want to send a message contrary to what we’ve seen in Iowa and New Hampshire,” he said. “Because people are disappointed that those two states are viewed as speaking for the rest of the Democratic party.”

For that point, Biden is making it clear to voters in South Carolina that the state counts. Biden is pouring tons of money into the state in an effort to revive his flagging candidacy.

Biden is also a victim in part to a new generation of younger, black politicians in the south.

Moore in particular addressed several areas where Biden had blemishes on his record that would be a concern for black voters: past support for crime bills that some experts say resulted in harsh sentences for black offenders; his harsh treatment of Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing; and finally his eulogy for Strom Thurmond, one time “Dixiecrat” senator from South Carolina.

Moore also said:

“Joe Biden wasn’t selected as a running mate for Barack Obama because he was a civil rights activist. It was because he was a safe white choice.”

Biden’s candidacy is going downhill faster than Lindsay Vonn in a downhill slalom race. He may have put his foot in his mouth for the last time with his comments in Georgia. If he goes down in South Carolina, it’s pretty much over for Uncle Joe.

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