Joe Biden's Corn Pop Story

Joe Biden's Corn Pop Story

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Joe Biden's Corn Pop Story refers to a story former Vice President Joe Biden has recounted several times about a time he had an altercation with a gang member named Corn Pop while life guarding at a Wilmington, Delaware pool during the Summer of 1962. The story regained interest in September 2019 when one Root writer claimed in a Twitter thread that the story was fabricated and sensationalized.


In 2008, Joe Biden recounted a story in his autobiography Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics in which he spent the Summer of 1962 life guarding at a predominantly black swimming pool, the Brown-Burton-Winchester Park in Wilmington Delaware. He retold the story in 2017 during a ceremony in which they renamed the pool after him (shown below). Biden recalled the time when he had an altercation with the Romans gang leader named Corn Pop at the pool after calling him Ester Williams (a famous female swimmer at the time) for jumping repeatedly up and down on the diving board. Biden met Corn Pop in the parking lot later prepped with a long chain and apologized to him. They then became friends.[1]


On September 14th, 2019, Root writer Michael Harriot[2] tweeted, "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." The tweet gained over 15,800 likes and 5,100 retweets in two days (shown below, left). He went on in a thread detailing Biden's story and how he believes that it was sensationalized and false. In one tweet he shares a picture of a census listing in that area saying that "in 1960, Wilmington was 73% white, according to census records" (shown below, right). The tweet garnered over 4,100 likes in two days. Many Twitter users agreed in thinking that Biden's story seem ridiculous and false.

michaelharriot @michaelharriot Thread: I'm always astounded by the imaginings of white people as it relates to race. Many of them have this fictionalized j------ 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 12:08 PM Sep 14, 2019 Twitter Web App michaelharriot @michaelharriot 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 b--------o-meter, so I decided to look it up. In 1960, Wilmington was 73% white, according to census records Census Tracts Table P-1-GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPUI (Asterisk () denotes statistics based on 25-percent sample. Population per household not shown where less NEW CASTLE COUNTY DEL TOTAL SMSA SUBJECT WIL- MINGTON BALANCE TOTAL RACE AND COUNTRY OF ORIGIN 95 B27 70 752 24 922 153 211 619 200 273 11 117 229 TOTAL POPULATION WHITE N---- OTHER RACES 307 446 271 025 36 039 382 366 157 320 810 44 851 496 12:08 PM Sep 14, 2019 Twitter Web App

The next day, Twitter user @newsbysamuels[3] tweeted a thread in which he defends Biden's story by saying, "Yes, Corn Pop was a real. Lots of people I spoke with knew him and talked about him, even if they had never met Joe Biden" (shown below). His initial tweet only gather 200 retweets and 400 likes in a day. He goes on to explain the story and its context in the thread:

It is a wrong to compare “gangs” in 1962 to stereotypes of gangs today. They weren’t murderous, drug dealing bangers. They were groups of young kids who gave their cliques, their neighborhoods and themselves nicknames and fought. Corn Pop was a part of a gang named the Romans[…]Also, yes, Wilmington was highly segregated in 1962 and many of the black people who I spoke with did in fact say Joe Biden was the first white person they knew who really listened to them and had a heart for them.

Robert Samuels @newsbysamuels Yes, Corn Pop was a real. Lots of people I spoke with knew him and talked about him, even if they had never met Joe Biden. 11:12 PM Sep 15, 2019 Twitter Web App


On September 15th, 2019, Twitter user @ddale8[4] tweeted a picture of William L. "Corn Pop" Morris' 2016 obituary (shown below). The tweet garnered over 7,200 like and 2,900 retweets in a day.

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The next day, Heavy[5] reintroduced footage from the rest of 2017 renaming ceremony at the Wilmington Delaware pool in which others reinforce Biden's claims (shown below).

Various Examples

BlackAzizl laNANsi @Freeyourmindkid Corn Pop and the boys waiting for Joe Biden outside of the pool. 3:26 PM Sep 15, 2019 Twitter for Android beth is tired @bourgeoisalien GET OUT OF THE DARN POOL, CORN POP! CUT THE MALARKEY! 2:50 PM Sep 15, 2019 Twitter for Android Parker Molloy @ParkerMolloy Corn Pop 2020 |CORNPOP2020 2:23 PM Sep 15, 2019 from Chicago, IL Twitter for iPhone rob delaney @robdelaney 1. Sanders 2. Warren 3. Greta Thunberg 4. Romy and/or Michelle 5. Corn Pop's ghost Secular Talk @KyleKulinski 17h Give me your top five democratic candidates in order. Pretend we have ranked choice voting and list your top 5. 4:15 AM Sep 16, 2019 Twitter for iPhone Miss Jabali @MalaikaJabali Folks really aren't understanding what's wrong with Joe Biden. It's not about the veracity of his specific claims whether parents should play records or Corn Pop existed It's about framing black people in the most reductive, outdated tropes possible. 11:55 PM Sep 15, 2019 Twitter Web App Jess Dweck @TheDweck Corn Pop? More like Cornea Pop, idk guys just vote for Warren please 1:45 AM Sep 16, 2019 Twitter for iPhone

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External References

[1] Washington Post – Joe Biden Recalls Lessons Learned at Inner City Pool

[2] Twitter – michaelharriot

[3] Twitter – NewsbySamuels

[4] Twitter – ddale8

[5] Heavy – William Morris

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in reply to Electric Dictator Bedebao

They used to be when he was VP. Back then the mainstream left saw him as a pretty harmless and lovable old coot who sometimes said comically embarrassing things, and even on the right he wasn't as disliked as most Democrats because he had a reputation for being bipartisan, and as VP didn't really flex that much power anyway.

But now that he's running for president, the the mainstream Twitter Democrat position has moved further left, so they don't like him because he's seen as not radical enough, and the right dislikes him because he's the most likely one to be challenging Trump in 2020. So where once his mistakes and anecdotes were considered funny and endearing, now they're generally framed as him being old and senile and not fit to be president.


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