Biden Says America Was 'An Idea' That 'We Never Lived Up To'

Brittany M. Hughes | October 22, 2020
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Patriotism, thy name is not Joe Biden.

Speaking on Brene Brown’s podcast about slavery and Black Lives Matter, the Democrat presidential candidate asserted that America, the nation that’s led the world in freedom and that has helped lift more people out of poverty and oppression than any other country on the planet, has always simply been “an idea” that “we’ve never lived up to.”

“America was an idea, an idea,” Biden said. “‘We hold these truths to be self evident.’ We’ve never lived up to it, but we’ve never walked away from it before.”

“And I just think we have to be more honest. Let our kids know, as we raise them, what actually did happen. Acknowledge our mistakes so we don’t repeat them,” he went on.

“So I think it’s important we teach history, not in a prescriptive way, from my perspective, but what actually the facts were without also acknowledging that there’s 400 years of racism in the United States of America. That’s what it is. And it’s able to be fixed,” he said.

(Cover Photo: Gage Skidmore)