The congressman was corrected that the audience was about half black.
“Yes. I mean, why would the vice president go into a setting like that where presumably half of the people wouldn’t have any understanding or feelings about what was going on?” Cleaver said. “The reality is that the discourse in our politics has become unsophisticated, unpolished, unnecessary and rather than try to raise the discord to some degree both sides look for little things that would remove the discussion from the things that matter to something that’s completely asinine.”
“I’ve been black all my life so that comment I can tell you would have no impact on me,” he said. “…I know that that statement by the vice president had absolutely no impact. There’s not a single black person in this country who is now going to say by golly, I’m going to vote for Obama and Biden because Biden said something about putting you back in chains.”