And, in addition to the racist sounding nature of the story, was the fact that many people did not believe a word of it.
Michael Harriot, a writer for The Root, shared the story on Twitter and mocked the former vice president for it.
Turns out Corn Pop was more incensed at being called Esther Williams than he was at being thrown out of the pool.
Yeah this is totally believable
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) September 15, 2019
“I’m always astounded by the imaginings of white people as it relates to race. Many of them have this fictionalized jigaboo version that is almost alien-like.
“And one of the greatest examples of this ever is Joe Biden’s story about Corn Pop the gangsta,” he said in the thread.
“Now it has already been demonstrably proven that Biden will make stuff up. But any black person who hears this story will automatically give you the side-eye and says: ‘ni**a please.’It begins when Biden was working as a lifeguard at a pool.
“Now Biden is like, 176 years old, but he’s still in pretty good shape. This supposedly happened in the summer of 1962.
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“Biden says that, instead of hanging out all summer, he decided to take a job working as a lifeguard at a black pool.
“So, that summer, Biden was the only white lifeguard at Prices Run swimming pool in Brown-Burton Winchester Park.
“He says he did it—y’all, I SWEAR this is true—’in hopes of learning more about the black community.’ Yes, that’s an actual quote.
“Biden says that he became popular at the pool because many of the black people in Wilmington, DE had never talked to a white person before. This raised by bullshit-o-meter, so I decided to look it up. In 1960, Wilmington was 73% white, according to census records,” he said. But it gets better.
“Anyway, during Biden’s Negro Summer Safari Adventure, one day, all of the town gangsters came to the pool. Now I know what you’re thinking, but don’t stereotype. Gangbangers are NOT a monolith.
“Why can’t a real street ni**a enjoy a nice refreshing dip? Sometimes a thug wants to play Marco Polo, too.
“Well, the gang that invaded Biden’s pool was called the Romans, which sounds gangsta AF. And the leader of the Romans was a dude named Corn Pop.
Skipping ahead, the lifeguard Biden apparently kicked the street thugb gang banger Corn Pop out of the pool and then things got intense.
“They told Biden that Corn Pop carried a straight razor and was gonna be waiting for him when he got off work. Now you and I both know that, if this was true, Biden would’ve just called the cops to walk him to the car.
“But this was in 1962, and before 911, you had to dial a whole seven numbers. Plus, Biden said that he knew that if he called the cops, he wouldn’t be allowed back into the African American community
“Anyway, Biden says, instead he wrapped a six-foot metal chain around his arm and wrapped that in a towel. Because everyone knows there are ample black chains just laying around the ‘African America community’ but no police officers.
“When he went out to the car, Corn Pop was indeed waiting for him. But Biden went Clint Eastwood on Corn and told OG Pop from the Romans: ‘You might cut me, Corn Pop, but I’m going to wrap this chain around your head before you do.’
“Just like that, my ni**a CP put down the straight razor and he and Biden became friends. From that day own, Biden was untouchable in the black community because Corn Pop vouched for him Again, STOP LAUGHING!”
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