President Biden showed America the way forward to confront systemic racism after the judgment of George Floyd.
Clip from President Biden:
President Biden: "Systemic racism is a stain on the soul of our nation. A knee on the neck of justice for black Americans." pic.twitter.com/p7crFLCl1Q
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 20, 2021
President Biden said:
This is a time when this country comes together to unite as Americans. America can never have a safe haven for hatred. The struggle for the soul of this nation has often been a constant push and pull. The tug-of-war between the American ideal that we are all created equal and the harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart. At best, the American ideal wins. So we can't leave this moment or look away when we think our job is done.
We have to look at it – we have to look like we did for those nine minutes and 29 seconds. We have to listen. I can not breath. I can not breath. These are George Floyd's last words. We cannot let these words die with him. We have to hear these words over and over again. We must not turn away. We cannot turn away. We have a chance to change the trajectory in this country.
It is my hope and my prayer that we will live up to the inheritance. May God bless you and may God bless George Floyd and his family. Thank you for taking the time to be here. This can be a moment of significant change.
Joe Biden is proving to be the perfect president for this country right now. Biden did not tweet after the verdict was announced. He looked the American people in the eye and offered a vision for a better future. A future where the nation grapples with its ugly history of systemic racism.
Biden didn't promise easy solutions or miracles, but he does tell the country that we are Americans and we can do something about it if we choose to get together and do this.
It was the ideal message at the ideal time from a sensitive president who wants to lead change.
Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association