President Joe Biden spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, recalling when he saw black children on a bus in Delaware when he was a child.
During his remarks, Biden recalled when his mom drove him to a small Catholic school in Delaware:
I got out of the car … and I said, ‘Mom why are all those kids — it was then called colored — Why are all those colored kids in that bus?’ Because in Scranton, there wasn’t any, there were very few blacks. Said, ‘They’re not allowed to go to school with us here in Delaware.’ And Milton wasn’t what you might call the epicenter of desegregation.
Biden is famously on the record of supporting the idea of segregating children by race and opposed public busing to integrate schools.
From a 1975 interview with National Public Radio:
I think the concept of busing … that we are going to integrate people so that they all have the same access and they learn to grow up with one another and all the rest, is a rejection of the whole movement of black pride, is a rejection of the entire black awareness concept, where black is beautiful, black culture should be studied and the cultural awareness of the importance of their own identity.