Jemele Hill says Biden’s ‘you ain’t black’ remark is fine because it’s an ‘accurate’ joke

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Sports reporter Jemele Hill set off a firestorm of backlash when she came out in defense of controversial comments by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The Atlantic staff writer was slammed on social media for backing Biden’s controversial “you ain’t black” remark as something that was “accurate.”

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“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,” Hill tweeted,  referring to the former vice president’s eyebrow-raising comment when he defended his track record in an interview on the radio show “The Breakfast Club.”

“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told host Charlamagne tha God, sparking immediate backlash.

He finally gave an apology of sorts after hours of media coverage while his campaign and surrogates attempted to play down the comments, and as social media hashtags like #YouAintBlack and #JoeBidenIsARacist began trending on Twitter.

“But I’m wondering where all this outrage was yesterday when y’all president declared his public devotion to a Nazi sympathizer,” Hill wondered in her tweet about Biden Friday, and apparently a reference to President Trump’s comments about Henry Ford during his visit to the Ford Motor factory this week.

Hill’s tweet was quickly challenged.

Hill engaged in many back-and-forth tweets with those criticizing her take.

“I don’t have a problem with the statement because he was clearly referring to this from a policy and track record standpoint,” the former ESPN host wrote. “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.”

New York Times Magazine columnist Thomas Chatterton Williams contended that the “problem was, in fact, what he said.”

Hill did find some who backed her narrative.

But many other Twitter users continued to call out Hill for her defense of the former vice president.

“Which is it? A ‘joke’ we’re not supposed to take seriously or an ‘accurate’ truth?” former Sanders national press secretary Briahna Joy Gray tweeted.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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