We are grateful to see racial justice centered in both words and actions in the early days of this new administration. We will continue in the days ahead to demand comprehensive systemic change and real accountability for the historic violence and oppression Black communities and people endure and have endured from our government since it’s beginning.
Here is an excerpt of President Biden’s comments at the signing of these Executive Orders:
“Now I’m going to sign these executive actions to continue the work to make real the promise of America for every American. Again, I’m not promising we can end it tomorrow, but I promise you: We’re going to 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.This first executive order is a memorandum for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to redress our nation’s and the federal government’s history of discriminatory housing practices and policies.(The executive order is signed.)The next executive order is reforming the incarceration system by eliminating the use of privately operated criminal detention facilities.(The executive order is signed.)The third executive order is a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies on tribal consultation, and strengthening nation-to-nation relationships.(The executive order is signed.)The last executive order is condemning and combatting racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.(The executive order is signed.)
I think the country is ready, and I know this administration is ready. Thank you.”