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President Biden’s Attempt to Appeal to Black Voters

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AP Yonhap News

On the 19th (local time), President Joe Biden appealed to Black voters, stating, “You are the reason why Donald Trump became a former president who lost and why he will lose again.” Amid falling support from Black voters, causing a crisis in his camp, President Biden is focusing on campaigning to win their votes, particularly in key swing states.

On the 19th, the weekend (local time), President Biden attended events at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) event in Detroit, Michigan. Morehouse College is one of the prestigious Black colleges and the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He visited Georgia and Michigan at the same time, two states where the black vote could be crucial in this year’s presidential election.

Aware of the backlash from young people and people of color against the war in the Gaza Strip, President Biden emphasized that he is calling for an immediate ceasefire, defining the civilian casualties in Palestine as a “humanitarian crisis.” He also listed various policy achievements of his administration aimed at the Black community, including replacing lead pipes, building high-speed internet networks, and expanding support for Black colleges.

President Biden continued his sharp criticism of former President Trump. At the NAACP event, he stressed, “He ran for president to seek revenge. You can’t lead a country with revenge. You can’t build a future on revenge.” He also stated, “Black history is American history. I proudly appointed the first Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States, served as vice president under the first Black president, and my current vice president is the first woman of color.”

While President Biden’s speech was relatively calm, protesters against his administration’s Israel policy gathered around the campaign site. Some students at the Morehouse College graduation ceremony showed their protest by turning their backs during his speech. According to NBC, support for President Biden among Black voters has dropped 7% compared to the same period four years ago.

Daniel Kim
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