The White House released a fact sheet Sunday on “U.S. Efforts to Combat Systemic Racism” and a statement on the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In the statement, Biden suggested that Americans need to “change our hearts.”
One of the core values and beliefs that should bring us together as Americans is standing against hate and racism, even as we acknowledge that systemic racism and white supremacy are ugly poisons that have long plagued the United States. We must change the laws that enable discrimination in our country, and we must change our hearts . . . We must recognize the ways that racism, gender discrimination, and other forms of marginalization intersect with and compound one another. And, we must all strive to eliminate inequities in our policies, remove barriers to full participation in our societies, and push for open and inclusive processes that respect all people everywhere.
In Thursday’s U.S.-China meeting, Chinese Community Party officials specifically pointed to the Black Lives Matter movement as evidence that the United States lacks moral authority on the world stage.