America’s first black governor in modern times has become the most senior Democrat to break ranks over Joe Biden’s ‘y’all in chains’ comments, telling the Vice President: 'Slavery is nothing to joke about.'
Douglas Wilder, who was governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994 and
the first black governor since Reconstruction, told CNN that 'without
question' Biden’s remarks in Danville, Virginia (though the veep seemed
to think he was in North Carolina) 'were appeals to race'.
He continued: 'The important thing I got out of this was Biden
separated himself from what he accused the people of doing. As a matter
of fact, what he said is they are going to do something to y’all, not to
me. Not us. So he was still involved with that separate American.
'As far as I am concerned, the President would not associate himself
with those remarks. And I expect as the days go forward there will be
more clarity associated with what the president feels about what Joe
In another interview, with Fox News, Wilder said: 'Slavery is nothing
to joke about. And the history of this nation’s involvement with
slavery is nothing to pass off in a joke.'
Suggesting that Biden was a liability to Obama, he added that 'you
can’t continue to make gaffe after gaffe after gaffe and believe that
it’s going to be supportive of what you and the president are both
trying to do'.
At the Danville rally, where large numbers of black supporters
were present, Biden said: 'Look at what they [Republicans] value, and
look at their budget. And look what they’re proposing.
'He [Romney] said in the first 100 days he’s going to let the
big banks write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. They’re going to
put y’all back in chains.' (Continues)