Sen. Kamala Harris and Joe Biden had an irritating exchange of information about the race and the school bus.
He began with Harris' reference to Biden's recent comments about working with senatorial segregators and ended up with his personal business-benefit story, a policy she criticized against Biden.
Biden rejected his statement that Harris' comments were "wrongly characterizing my position on the board." Biden said he opposed the bus order issued by the Ministry of Education, but that he would allow settlements to travel by bus. Students should choose to do so.
Facts First: Biden is a vocal opponent of a federally-authorized bus. In 1978, Biden sponsored and strongly advocated legislation that would limit the ability of federal judges to force school regions to integrate state schools by transferring black students to white areas and vice versa.
In particular, he asked for the support of the Jesse Eastland segregation democrat from Mississippi, writing in 1977, "I want you to know that I appreciate your help a lot during this week's committee meeting to put my legislation in the vote "
Biden says he will allow a bus in certain circumstances." In cases where the school system is racially segregated by district distribution or other legal means, Biden said he supports desegregation with all In 1975, Biden supported an amendment proposed by Senator Jesse Helms, which would make bussing much harder in all jurisdictions by forbidding the Ministry of Health, Education and Welfare to collect information , needed to identify segregated school systems
no legislation would explicitly prohibit Berkeley from choosing to buss black students in most schools or vice versa. Berkeley is one of the first cities to adopt a transfer program in 1968.
Since the change of Helms has failed, Biden proposes a provision that would prevent federal funds from being used to require each school to recruit pupils or racing teachers.
Biden said he supports school integration by other means but opposes a bus because he thinks this has a negative impact on communities.