Speaking to a crowd on Labor Day in Detroit, Vice President Joseph Biden used a formulation in his address to appreciative union members that both President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder believe is racist. On September 1, Biden said on the grounds of what was once Detroit’s iconic Tiger Stadium that “it’s time to take back America” so that the American middle classes have an “equal share” of prosperity. “If we don’t, America’s in trouble,” Biden said.
It was in August of this year that Attorney General Holder said that this language is racist. “There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” AG Holder told ABC News, according to The Hill. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. . . . There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”
President Obama appeared to have the same opinion of taking back America, according to the U.S. News and World Report. Speaking in 2011, Obama said “A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to ‘take back’ their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea,” Walsh wrote. “He agreed that there was a ‘subterranean agenda’ in the anti-Obama movement — a racially biased one — that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.”