In a 1977 Senate Judiciary hearing, Biden had talked about busing policies to integrate public schools. He advocated affordable housing over busing.
In a 1977 Senate Judiciary hearing, Biden had talked about busing policies to integrate public schools.
Biden’s quotes resurfaced after a June 2019 Democratic debate in which Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris, had confronted Biden. She had said, ‘There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me.’ He had responded, saying he was opposed to federally mandated busing.
According to the transcript of the 1977 congressional hearing, Biden was quoted as saying, ‘Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point.’ His ‘racial jungle’ comment can be found on page 251 of the hearing transcript.
The transcript also shows Biden addressing Jack Greenberg, director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: ‘what is needed to ensure that we do have orderly integration of society. I am not just talking about education but all of society.’
Biden advocated achieving racial integration through affordable housing rather than busing.