Joe Biden Calls For U.S. To 'Root Out Systemic Racism' In Speech To Congress

Written by on April 28, 2021

In his first joint deal with to Congress, President Joe Biden known as for the nation to “root out systemic racism” and enact police reforms within the title of George Floyd. 

From the ground of the Home on Wednesday evening, Biden recalled the phrases of Floyd’s daughter Gianna, who informed him final yr earlier than her father’s funeral, “my Daddy modified the world.”

“After the conviction of George Floyd’s assassin, we will see how proper she was — if — if now we have the braveness to behave,” the president mentioned. “Now we have all seen the knee of injustice on the neck of Black America. Now’s our alternative to make some actual progress.”

Final week, a jury discovered former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin responsible on all costs in Floyd’s killing. Chauvin murdered Floyd final yr, kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes as Floyd repeatedly mentioned he couldn’t breathe. 

Biden known as the decision a “step ahead” when it was introduced, saying of Floyd’s killing: “It was a homicide in full gentle of day, and it ripped the blinders off for the entire world to see systemic racism.”

In his speech to Congress Wednesday, Biden requested People to “come collectively” and “root out systemic racism in our legal justice system.” 

The president pushed for Congress to go police reform, particularly the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which the Democratic-led Home handed earlier this yr. The laws would ban police chokeholds and no-knock warrants, require knowledge assortment on police encounters and finish certified immunity. 

Biden urged senators to “work collectively to discover a consensus” and go the laws by the anniversary of Floyd’s dying, subsequent month on Might 25.


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