Former vice president Joe Biden came out as Blafrican during the fifth Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday night.
The revelation sparked consternation and confusion among African Americans around the country.
Biden got triggered when New Jersey Senator Cory Booker challenged him for telling a crowd at a Las Vegas town hall last Saturday that he opposes legalizing marijuana nationwide.
“It is not irrational to do more scientific investigation to determine, which we have not done significantly enough, whether or not there are any things that relate to whether it’s a gateway drug or not,” Biden argued.
“This week I hear him literally say that I don’t think we should legalize marijuana. I thought you might have been high when you said it,” Booker added.
He contended that marijuana is “already legal for privileged people,” because “the war on drugs has been a war on black and brown people.
Biden declared he was part of the Obama coalition and “comes out of the black community, in terms of my support,” raising many eyebrows in the audience.
“If you notice, I have more people supporting me in the black community that have announced for me, because they know me. They know who I am.” Biden said.
He bragged that his long list of endorsements included “three former chairs of the black caucus, the only Bl–African American woman that had ever been elected to the United States Senate — a whole range of people,” Biden said.
He was referring to former Sen. Carol Mosley Braun of Illinois who served from1993 to 1999. She endorsed Biden in the 2020 primary, noting, “He is about the best there is.”
The second African-American woman elected to the Senate, his rival Sen. Kamala Harris of California stared in disbelief as the crowd chuckled.
“That’s not true. That’s not true,” Booker said, laughing.
“No, that’s not true, said Harris. “The other one is here!”
Biden vociferously insisted that he said the “first” African American woman elected. Right…
“One of the reasons I was picked to be vice president was because of my relationship, long-standing relationship with the black community,” Biden continued.
Many in the Twitter audience stumbled around in confusion. Some thought they might have been hallucinating.
Ashley Parker tweeted, “What’s a Blafrican ??? Asking for a friend.”
A user called Prezzy tweeted, “Joe Biden claims he has a lot of support in the Blafrican community. Just ask Corn Pop, he encouraged Joe to run back in 1943.”
Biden told a story in September about fighting off a gang leader named “Corn Pop” when he served as a lifeguard at a predominantly black pool in 1962, one that historians are still scratching their heads and working hard to verify.
The term Blafrican-American is often used in a derogatory manner to describe the language used when people of other races mimic African American speaking styles or when someone means to say black but quickly transitions to African-American. This seems to be what happened to Brother Biden. He meant no harm.