Vice President Joe Biden is amazed when whites try to act like they know what blacks have been through, but given a chance this week to brag on his part to end Jim Crow laws, he bit: he helped to desegregate movie theaters as a kid.

Biden, who grew up in Pennsylvania and Delaware, hosted an event at the Naval Observatory vice presidential residence Wednesday night to celebrate Black History Month.

After being introduced by Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis, one of the original 13 Freedom Riders attacked by the Ku Klux Klan, the vice president told his guests, “As long as we occupy this house, it’s your house.”

Then he put the hammer down on his white liberal friends. “It always amazes me how my white liberal friends think they understand the black community” without having lived in a black community, he said.

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