Jemele Hill says Biden's 'you ain't black' remark about undecided voters was 'accurate'


The Atlantic staff writer Jemele Hill faced backlash on Friday after saying Joe Biden's controversial "you ain't black" remark was "accurate."

The presumptive Democratic nominee raised eyebrows Friday morning during an interview with Charlamagne tha God on the radio show "The Breakfast Club" as he defended his record with the black community.

“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden said.

Biden later walked back his comments, but hours before, Hill offered a defense of the former vice president.

"The issue wasn’t what Joe Biden said, because it was accurate. The issue was that it came from Biden. It also was clearly a joke that didn’t land. But I’m wondering where all this outrage was yesterday when y’all president declared his public devotion to a Nazi sympathizer," Hill wrote, an apparent reference to President Trump's praise for Henry Ford during his visit to the Ford plant on Thursday.

The former ESPN host doubled down in response to other Twitter users, saying: "I don’t have a problem with the statement because he was clearly referring to this from a policy and track record standpoint. If you’re black and you support anti-black policies and positions, then that makes you ...? You’re still technically black but you ain’t with us."

Others slammed The Atlantic staff writer for backing Biden's initial comments.

"The problem was, in fact, what he said," New York Times Magazine columnist Thomas Chatterton Williams said. "He's gaf... (Read more)

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