“I oppose busing. It’s an asinine concept, the utility of which has never been proven to me. I’ve gotten to the point where I think our only recourse to eliminate busing may be a constitutional amendment.”
— Joe Biden, 1975. When Joe Biden Collaborated With Segregationists, (The Nation, 6/7/19)
“I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race.’ I don’t buy that.”
— Joe Biden, 1975. Biden Defends Civil Rights Record After Harris Blasted Him Over Segregation, Busing, (NPR).
“I did not oppose busing in America. What I opposed was busing ordered by the Department of Education.”
— Joe Biden, June 27, 2019, Kamala Harris Confronts Joe Biden On Race In Key Moment Of Democratic Debate CBS, (6/28/19)
“”I want to be absolutely clear about my record and position on racial justice, including busing. I never, never, never ever opposed voluntary busing.”
— Joe Biden, June 28, 2019, Biden Defends Civil Rights Record After Harris Blasted Him Over Segregation, Busing, (NPR).