Black Voters Express Discontent With Biden's Commencement Speech at Morehouse

 May 20, 2024

President Joe Biden's recent commencement address at Morehouse College has ignited criticism.

This speech sparked backlash primarily from Black voters, who accused him of "race-baiting" and pandering, Fox News reported.

During the 140th commencement ceremony of Morehouse College on May 19, 2024, President Biden, who also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, aimed to connect with the predominantly Black audience. His address focused on democracy's responsiveness to Black Americans and the systemic challenges they continue to face.

The Reaction from the Morehouse Community and Beyond

A segment of Morehouse students and faculty demonstrated their disapproval during the speech. They staged a silent protest by turning their backs to the President, highlighting their discontent but not interrupting the proceedings.

Adding to the voices of dissent were comments from prominent Black business owners and viewers. Lou Valentino, a New York resident, and Ajay Brewer, a Virginia business owner, voiced their frustrations on "Fox & Friends." They criticized the perceived racial pandering in Biden's speech, which they argue underlines a tone of hopelessness rather than empowerment. During President Biden's address, he made poignant remarks on the experiences of Black men in America:

"You missed your high school graduation... It's natural to wonder if the 'democracy' you hear about actually works for you... to be a Black man who loves his country even if it doesn't love him back in equal measure."

Shifts in Political Support Among Black Voters

Recent polls suggest a shifting political landscape. A Fox News poll revealed that President Biden's support among Black voters has seen a 7% decline since October 2020. Conversely, support for former President Donald Trump in this demographic has surged by 9%.

These statistics paint a troubling picture for the Democratic Party, traditionally seen as an ally of Black Americans. Critics argue that the party's current strategies may alienate some staunchest supporters.

Ajay Brewer offered a pointed critique of the Democratic approach:

"It's hopelessness, man… it's the party of hopelessness... I could say that… I was a Democrat my entire life until I opened my business... We don't need folks to do things for us. We don't need people to baby us... it's disturbing… that they pander to us in this manner."

Widening Perspectives and Calls for Change

In adding her perspective, Bernadette Wright mentioned the need for greater sensitivity and accountability in America. She underscores the importance of political leaders understanding and addressing the issues faced by African Americans, particularly in the business sector.

Criticism following President Biden's speech signals a broader call for reflection within the Democratic Party, especially regarding their engagement strategies with Black voters. The incident at Morehouse College exemplifies the growing desire for a political discourse that transcends pandering and addresses substantive issues.

In conclusion, President Biden's address at Morehouse College, intended to inspire and engage, has instead fostered significant debate. The reactions reflect a complex interplay of disappointment and the demand for more authentic, effective leadership that genuinely addresses the needs of the Black community.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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