Biden’s precise statements on the matter read as follows:
“We bring social workers into homes, parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It’s not that they don’t want to help, they don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television – excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the phone, make sure that kids hear words. A kid coming from a very poor school – a very poor background will hear four million words fewer spoken by the time we get there.”
Joe Biden's answer on how to address the legacy of slavery was appalling — and disqualifying.
It ended in a sermon implying that black parents don't know how to raise their own children.
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) September 13, 2019
Reactions to Biden’s Take on Reparations and More
The former vice president’s remarks on reparations are facing a fair amount of censure; various observers have interpreted Biden’s statements as condescending to the ability of black families to raise children.