Biden vs. Coolidge at Howard

President Biden delivered the commencement address last weekend at Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, D.C., from which many students have gone on to great success.

The president told the graduates the biggest threat to America is “white supremacy.” Not China, Russia, the debt, or the open border? Nope. White supremacy.

Commencement speeches are supposed to be congratulatory, encouraging and optimistic. Instead, President Biden’s speech sounded like he was warning about an America 100 years ago that featured a rise in the Ku Klux Klan and the lynching of Black people.

Contrast this downer of an address with what another president said nearly a century ago.

Biden vs. Coolidge at HowardCalvin Coolidge, our 30th president, addressed Howard graduation on June 6, 1924. He titled it “The Progress of a People.” His remarks were the opposite of Mr. Biden’s. Possibly realizing some were still alive who remembered Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and some graduates may have known relatives who were slaves, Coolidge praised what he called “the Negro race” for their achievements out of difficult circumstances. He said, “the progress of the colored people on this continent is one of the marvels of modern history.”

He called Howard “a great university, a sort

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