Joe Biden Calling Satchel Paige ‘Great Negro at the Time’ Sparks Twitter Debate

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    Joe Biden Calling Satchel Paige ‘Great Negro at the Time’ Sparks Twitter Debate

    Comments made by President Joe Biden about Satchel Paige during a Veterans Day speech Thursday caused an immediate debate on social media about whether he referred to the baseball legend as “the great negro” or had simply misspoken.

    Paige, a Black pitcher in baseball’s Negro Leagues before breaking into Major League Baseball late into his career, is considered by many to be one of the greatest to ever play his position.

    During his speech at Arlington National Cemetery, Biden said he had “adopted the attitude of the great negro—at the time—pitcher in the Negro leagues, went on to become a great pitcher in the pros in Major League Baseball after Jackie Robinson, his name was Satchel Paige. And Satchel Paige on his 47th birthday pitched a win against Chicago.”

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    Biden’s remarks were made after acknowledging the birthday of 95-year-old Donald Blinken, an ex-U.S. ambassador and father of Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

    Biden recounted that reporters had asked Paige how he felt about being 47. The president recalled, “He said, ‘Boys that’s not how I look at it. I look at it this way, how old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?'”

    “I’m 50 years old, and the ambassador’s 47,” Biden joked.

    I thoroughly dislike Biden, but there is nothing wrong with using the word negro in its correct context. And people should not fear being thrown under a bus when they say this word either. Pick & choose your battles. Tho should NOT be one of them. pic.twitter.com/q88SDbDeMc

    — SP WRTW (@Shannon040704) November 11, 2021

    Eric Trump, son of the former president, was among those who quickly took to Twitter to question Biden. He wrote, “Did Biden just say what I think he said?!”

    But Biden had defenders, too. Some self-identified conservatives even defended the Democratic president.

    Joe Biden was clearly referring to the “Negro Leagues” as in for Baseball. If we hate Leftists dishonesty we also must hate dishonesty amongst ourselves. https://t.co/JFej9Iv05u

    — Evan Cooney (@EvanCooney) November 11, 2021

    Newsweek contacted the White House and the Satchel Paige Foundation for comment.

    This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

    Published at Thu, 11 Nov 2021 19:16:31 +0000

    https://www.newsweek.com/joe-biden-calling-satchel-paige-great-negro-time-sparks-twitter-debate-1648434

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