There’s nothing foul about President Biden using the word “negro” when referring to the old baseball league … at least according to the steward of the league, who’s defending and applauding him for saying the word.
No doubt you’ve seen the clip of the Prez speaking on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery and flubbing in a big way … saying he’d “adopted the attitude of the great negro at the time.” Cringeworthy, for sure, but to be fair Biden misspoke, and eventually cleared it up intending to call out the great Negro League player Satchel Paige.
Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, tells TMZ … not only was it crystal clear to him what Mr. Biden meant to say, but it would have been “harmful” if he’d used any other word.
Bob says he was surprised at the online fallout — people ticked off POTUS used such a dated term — because he says there’s a reason the word is still on walls of his museum. As Bob put it, they still use “Negro” to preserve the league’s nearly 30-year history — from 1920 to 1947. He compares it to the NAACP, which also hasn’t changed its name, despite the fact (almost) no one uses the “C” word nowadays.
Further, he says “It was an honor that the President made a point to honor Satchel Paige, who happened to be one of the greatest pitchers” in the history of ANY baseball league.
As for the Prez calling Satchel a “great Negro” — Bob says he knows the point Mr. Biden was trying to make and it was 100% complimentary.