Pres. Biden talks racial equity | Full Speech

He outlined his administration's agenda to increase equity across the U.S.
15:12 | 01/26/21

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Connect new folks. Thank you vice president for being with me today wealth. In my campaign for president. I made it very clear. At the moment arrived as a nation. Re faced deep racial inequities in American system systemic racism. That is plagued our nation for far far too long. I said it over the course of the past year that the blind measurement taken off nation American people. But married when many Americans didn't see here had simply refuse to see could be ignored any longer. Those eight minutes and 46 seconds. That took toured floors life opened the eyes of millions of Americans and millions of people are all over the world. There was. And it wouldn't be forgotten. Its third they're conscious and tens of millions of Americans. And in my view it marked a turning point. In this country's attitude toward racial justice. When 36 years all six year old daughter Gionta. Well I met with them when I'm found. In the down to say hi to her she should look to me she said daddy changed the world actually cheat on us stone. Daddy change the world. And I believe she is right. Not because this kind of injustice stopped is clearly hasn't. But because the ground shifted. Because his change minds in mind sets. Because his laid the ground work for progress. Couldn T is further America. A path of destruction through every community in America but no Owen has been spared but the devastation. And communities of color has been nothing short of stunning. Just look at the numbers. 40% of front line workers nurses first responders grocery store workers are Americans of color. And many are still living on the edge. Wouldn't and black Americans is out of work today won eleven Latino Americans out of work today. One in seven households in America. When four black one and five Latino households in America report that they don't have enough food to eat. In the United States. Black and Latino Americans are kind of co in nineteen rates nearly three times that of white Americans. It's not white Americans fall for just the fact. And the Americans now know and especially younger Americans. One of the reasons I'm so optimistic about this nation is that that today's generation of young Americans is the most progressive thought so inclusive generation. Then America has ever seen. And their employers toward justice and so many ways. Forces to confront a huge gap in economic me hey excuse me economic inequity between those top and everyone else. Forcing us to confront the existential crisis climate and yes force us to confront systemic racism and white supremacy. There's just been weeks since all America witnessed a group of thugs insurrection against a political extremists from white supremacists. Violently attacked in the capital of our democracy. So now. Now's the time to act. It's time to act because that's what did the faith and morality Colston do. Across Julie every faced the same principles hole. We're all God's children. We should treat each other as we would like to be treated ourselves. And this is time to act through this time to acted because it's what your core values in this nation call us to do. And I believe the vast majority of Americans Democrats Republicans and independents share these values who wants to act as well. We've never fully lived up to the founding principles this nations state the obvious. That all people are crazy won't have a right to be treaty we throughout their lives. And it's time to act now not only because mr. right thing to do but because if we do we'll all be better off for. For too long we've allowed narrow cramped view of the promise of this nation to fester. You know we've we've blocked the view that America is a zero sum game in many cases. If you succeed I fail. If you get a head I fall behind. If you get the job I lose my. Maybe worst of all if I hold you down I lift myself up. We've lost sight of what president Kennedy told us what he says are rising tide lifts all boats. We live to each other. For all lifted up. You know in the corollary is true as well. When anyone emphasis held down we're all held back. More and more economic studies in recent years have prudence. But I don't think you need economic studies to see the truth. Just imagine if instead of could siting there is an American children under resource schools. We gave me. Each and every 34 year old child. A chance to learn to go to school but they cared school and grow. And thrived in school throughout when they've done it. The places of Madonna's shows they have an exponentially greater chance of going only through twelve years of school and doing well. But you don't does anyone who does anyone in this whole nation think we're not all better off never happen. Just imagine if instead of deny millions of Americans the ability to own a home. And bill generational wealth who made it possible from an Abaya home their first home and begin to build equity. Provide for their families and send their children off to school. Does anyone doubt that the whole nation we better off. Just imagine. Instead of denying millions of young entrepreneurs ability to access capital. We made it possible to take their dream to market crate jobs and reinvest in their own communities. There's genuine doubt this whole nation would be better off. Just imagine a more incredibly creative and innovative how much more credit and innovative we be. If this nation. Held held that the historic black colleges and universities. To the same opportunities for minority serving institutions. That had the same funding and resources a public universities to compete for jobs and industries of the future. Now just ask the first they species you graduate electors vice president that's not true. But to do this I believe this nation and this government needs to change our whole approach to the issue of racial equality equity. Yes. We need to criminal justice reform. But that it nearly enough. We'd open the promised America that every American. And that means we need to make the issue of racial equity not just an issue for any one department of government. Divesting the business of the whole of government. That's why issued him on the first days my whole government executive order. That will for the first time in advance equity for all throughout our federal policies and institutions. It focuses on the full range of communities who have been long under certain overlooked. People of color. Americans with disabilities LG BTQ americans'. Religious by an artist. Rural urban suburban communities facing persistent poverty. I've asked ambassador Susan Rice to lead the administration is charged through the White House. Founder and and Domestic Policy Council because I know we're shall see it through. Every White House every White House component and every agency will be involved in this work because of fancied equity. Has to be everyone's job. Today I'll be sure resigning and and paying paying additional package of executive actions to continue this vital work. Housing first half policy is a right American homeownership. Is an essential tool to wealth creation and to be passed founded two generations. Today. I'm directing the department of housing and arbor and affairs and urban development to redress historical racism in federal housing policies. Today. I'm directing the February issue to reinvigorate. The consultation frog about process with the Indian tribes. Respected tribal sovereign and respect for Charles avenue rear cornerstone. Foreign gay he would native American communities. This builds on the work we did his. Last week to expand tribes access solutions to strategic national stockpile. For the first time. To ensure they receive help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA. To fight this pandemic. Today. I'm directing federal agencies to combat resurgence of xenophobia. Particularly against Asian Americans and Pacific islanders that receives skyrocket turned this pandemic. This is unacceptable and sunamerica. I've asked the Department of Justice to strengthen this partnership. With the Asian American Pacific island community to prevent those hate crimes. I've also asked the Department of Health and Human Services. To put out best practices for combating xenophobia and our national response to cope it. Look in the weeks ahead. Hobby re affirming the federal government's commitment to diversity equity and inclusion. And accessibility building on the work we started and the Obama Biden administration. That's why I'm rescind the previous administrations harmful man on diversity and sensitivity training. And abolish the offensive counter factual sense he's 76 commission. Unity and healing must begin with understand needed truths. Not figures penalize. Today I'm also issued an executive order and that will ultimately end the Justice Department's use private prisons private prisons. An industry that houses. Treat childhood trainees and detainees and federal prisoners. The executive order directs the attorney general declined to renew contracts were privately operating criminal facilities. Step we started to take communion and the Obama administration. And in it was reversed under the previous administration. This is the first step to stop corporations from property and often incarcerated. Incarceration and is less humane and less safe as a studies show. It is just the beginning in my administration's plan to address systemic problems in our criminal justice system. Here's another thing we need to do we need to restore and expand the moon and ransacked. Named after our dear friend John Lewis. And continue to fight back against laws in many states are engaged in to suppress the right to vote. While expanding access to the ballot box for all eligible voters. Here's here's the deal. And I'll close to this. I ran for president because I believe we're in a battle for the soul this nation. And the simple truth is our soul be troubled as Lana systemic racism is allowed to persist. We can limit exactly overnight. We can eliminate everything but it's corrosive its destructive and it's costly. It cost every American not just who felt the sting of racial injustice. We're just less than we are not just a nation I'll morally deprived because of systemic racism. Were also less prosperous. Pro less successful less secure. Torre must change and I watched gonna take time. But I know we can do. And I firmly believe the nation is ready to change. But government has to change as well. We need to make equity and justice part of what we do every day. Today tomorrow and every day. I'm gonna sign these executive action to continue to work to make real the promise of America for every American. Again I'm not promise we can end it tomorrow. And I promise you. We're gonna continue to make progress. To eliminate systemic racism and every branch of the White House and the federal government is going to be part of that effort. Thank you. His first. Executive order. Remember the secretary Tom movement developed to address our nation's. And federal governments distribution and inventory house. Practices policy. Next executive order and reform incarceration system by limiting the use of currently operated criminal intentions. 32 quarter. Prison grounds crew heads the ticket departments mentions. Tribal consultations between nation to nation relationship. Quarter. Continuing combating racism xenophobia and intolerance. Against Asian Americans. And Pacific islanders in the news. People come community. Whose ministry thank you this right.

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