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Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, was pressed by a reporter on Wednesday, where New York Press reporter Steve Nelson asked whether President Biden “acknowledges his own role” in what the president described as “systemic racism” in America.
I think that’s a very fair question, considering how broad of a brush Biden and his administration are using to paint the U.S. as systemically racist.
As Fox News reported:
During his address to the nation Tuesday evening following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Biden said George Floyd‘s death, which he called “murder in full light of day,” had “ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism in the United States.”
Nelson sought answers from Psaki by asking –
“[Biden is] an architect of multiple federal laws in the 1980s and ’90s that disproportionately jailed Black people and contributed to what many people see as systemic racism,” Nelson said.
“Activist Cornel West said that Biden was one of the core architects of mass incarceration and that, ‘I think Biden is going to have to take responsibility and acknowledge the contribution he made to mass incarceration.’
To what extent does President Biden acknowledge his own role in systemic racism? And how does that inform his current policy positions?”
I LOVE how Nelson included solid evidentiary support to substantiate his statements and question.
Per usual, Jen Psaki provided her simple, inconclusive response –
“Well,” Psaki responded, “I would say one of the president’s core objectives is addressing racial injustice in this country, not just through his rhetoric, but through his actions, and what anyone should look to [is] his advocacy for passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, for nominating leaders to the Department of Justice, to address long-outdated policies and to ask his leadership team here in the White House to prioritize these issues in his presidency, which is current and today and not from 30 years ago.”
Nelson responded to Psaki by stating the importance of Biden acknowledging his own culpability to this issue, to which Psaki dismissed answering all together… go figure.
The land of the utmost opportunity is somehow filled with a plethora of victims. How special.
Jen Psaki is almost as Helen Keller as Biden and Harris.