Biden was the angry attack dog that Democrats expected Obama to be. He was annoyed, direct and indignant. He scoffed at the very idea that Ryan had any point about anything. It was so bad that at one point I tweeted, “Thank God there’s no ads in this debate. If they took a break Joe Biden would pee on Paul Ryan to show dominance.”
Now, the argument can be made that age was part of the reason Biden could get away with this. Being the older of the two debaters, he is afforded certain things that aren’t afforded the younger Ryan. An older debater can take the role of teacher and school his opponent.
But I’d argue that if Biden were black, he wouldn’t have been able to pull that off. If Biden were black, I’m not sure he would have thought he could pull that off.
Some folks reading this (or skimming angrily) are horrified at the very notion of asking what if Joe Biden were black. They clutch their pearls and shriek, “Why do you have to play the race card?” To those people I say:
1. Shut up.
2. There’s no such thing as the “race card.” It’s called “my life.”
3. Seriously, shut up.
4. Look in a mirror next time before you leave the house. Your privilege is showing.
In America, race plays both an active and passive role in all of our lives. Last night was one of those passive times. However, the implications are still as damning as they ever have been. In 2012 the fear of the scary Negro is still so real it reaches the highest office of the land and dictates its occupant’s actions.
Like I said, it’s good to be white.
Elon James White is a writer and satirist and host of the award-winning video and radio series This Week in Blackness. Listen Monday to Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST at TWIB.FM and watch at TV.TWIB.ME/LIVE. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr.