"Two of the great artists of our time representing the groundbreaking legacy of hip hop in America, LL Jay Cool J, uh," Biden said in a video posted by RNC Research. "By the way that boy — that man's got biceps bigger than my thighs..."
The president's most recent gaffe was made at the Congressional Black Caucus' annual awards dinner in Washington D.C. According to The New York Post, LL Cool J and MC Lyte both received a Phoenix Award for their musical contributions.
The outlet pointed out that the term "boy" used to describe black people is considered a racial epithet, and this was not the first time Biden has referred to a black person with the slang term.
Democrat Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey called out Biden for using the word "boy" in an attempt to try to win over voters during his campaign for the 2020 presidential election. Biden frequently used the word when describing his ability to work with segregationist senators.
Sen. Booker did not find Biden's words amusing and said in a statement: "You don't joke about calling black men 'boys.'"
Additionally, Biden used the word "boy" to describe Maryland's first black governor, Wes Moore, earlier this year, according to The Post.
As The Post Millennial previously reported, the term "boy" was used mainly in the American South by white adults to refer to black males of any age both during and after the era of slavery. Many sensed that by using the word "boy," the speaker saw whoever they were addressing as less than them, unequal in the world; an adult speaking to a child.
While the word has faded from the vocabulary of most, when it is uttered, many still take offense due to its racist history. According to the Harvard Law & Policy Review, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals found in 2011 that the use of the word "boy" by a superior to his black employee "is sufficient evidence of racism."
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