Former Vice President Joe Biden sent out a series of tweets on Thursday night seeking to clarify a statement he had made earlier in the day in a video interview that “unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community.”
“Earlier today,” Biden said, “I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify.
“In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith—not by identity, not on issues, not at all,” he said.
“Throughout my career I’ve witnessed diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community,” Biden said. “It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place.
“My commitment to you is this: I will always listen, I will never stop fighting for the African American community and I will never stop fighting for a more equitable future,” he said.
Earlier on Thursday, Biden had done a video interview for a forum hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
He had the following exchange with a reporter:
Reporter: “Are you going to reengage with Cuba, though? I’m specifically wondering about the Florida communities that are incredibly interested in the Cuba issue and see status being given to Venezuelans while Cubans are being deported.”
Biden: “The answer is yes, I’m going to engage. Yes.
“And, by the way, what you all know but most people don’t know: unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community - with incredibly different attitudes about different things.
“You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration, in certain places, than you do when you’re in Arizona.
“So, it’s a very different, a very diverse community.”