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By Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine, August 19, 2020

For those of us who recall Senator Biden’s leadership in crafting the most racially biased drug and incarceration policies throughout the 1980s and 1990s, it is difficult to take him seriously when he claims to believe that black lives matter to him.

Biden did not seem to worry about black lives in 1984 when he joined Strom Thurmond in co-sponsoring the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, establishing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.

Biden did not seem to worry about black lives in 1986 when he co-sponsored the racist Anti-Drug Abuse Act which ushered in much harsher sentences for those arrested for possession of crack than for powder cocaine.

And Biden seemed to worry even less about black lives when he gave a racially charged national speech in the Senate in 1989, castigating Republican President George H. W. Bush for not doing enough to take the “violent thugs” off the streets.  …

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