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tv   President Biden Delivers Remarks on Racial Equity  CSPAN  January 26, 2021 2:05pm-2:22pm EST

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helping our members get through the pandemic and get through to the other side. i don't have an answer for you on specifically your question on laissez-faire economics. host: we will go on to edward in grantville, georgia. caller: yes, i'm calling, i'm a small business owner. i run a small kennel and i'm a dog trainer. during the first cares act i didn't qualify because i didn't have any employees for any assistance. then the state unemployment set i qualified, but i draw small pension -- i lost thousands of dollars from march to july. i just won a get started again. something with all these states,
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responsible for seeing these people get the money. kevin: that's an excellent question. i think many ran into that situation as well >> c-span is live at the white house just waiting for president joe biden to deliver remarks on his racial equity agenda. president biden: my campaign for president, i made it very clear that the moment had arrived as a nation where we face the racial inequities in america's systemic racism that has plagued our nation for far, far too lofpblgttitsdz over the course of the last year that the blinders has been taken off the american people. but what many americans didn't see or had simply refused to see couldn't be ignored any longer. those eight minutes and 46 seconds that took george floyd as life opened the eyes of millions of americans and millions of people all over the
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world. it was the knee on the neck of justice, and it wouldn't be forgotten. it stirred the conscience of tens of millions of americans, and in my view, it marked a turning point in this country's attitude toward racial justice. when a 6-year-old daughter, gianna, who i met -- when i met with the family, i leaned down to say hi to her, and she looked at me and said, daddy changed the world. that's what gianna said, his daughter, daddy changed the world. and i believe she was right. is not because this kind of injustice stopped. it clearly hasn't. but because the ground has shifted, because it changed minds and mindsets. because it laid the ground work for progress. covid-19 has further ripped a path of destruction through every community in america, but no one has been spared but the
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devastation in communities of color has been nothing short of stunning. just look at the numbers. 40% of frontline workers, nurses, first responders, grocery store workers, are americans of color. and many are still living on the edge. one in 10 black americans is out of work today. one in 11 latino americans is out of work today. one in seven households in america, about one in four black, one in five latino households in america, report that they don't have enough food to eat. in the united states of america. black and latino americans are dying of covid-19 at rates nearly three times that of white americans. it's not white americans' fault. it's just a fact. and the americans now know it, especially younger americans. one of the reasons i'm so optimistic about this nation is that today's generation of young americans is the most progressive, thoughtful, inclusive generation that america has ever seen.
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and they are pulling us toward justice in so many ways, forcing us to confront the huge gap in economic inequity between those at the top and everyone else, forcing us to confront the existential crisis of climate, and yes, force us to confront systemic racism and white supremacy. it's just been weeks since all america witnessed a group of thugs, insurrectionists, political extremists and white supremacists violently attack the capitol of our democracy. so now, now is the time to act. it's time to act because that's what the fate and morality calls us to do. across nearly every fate, the same principles hold. we're all god's children. we should treat each other as we would like to be treated ourselves. and this is time to act because it's what the core values of this nation call us to do.
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and i believe the vast majority of americans, democrats, republicans, independents, share these values and want us to act as well. we've never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation, to state the obvious, that all people are created equal and have a right to be treated equally throughout their lives. and it's time to act now, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because, if we do, we'll all be better off for it. for too long, we've allowed a narrow, cramped view of the promise of this nation to fester. you know, we bought the view that america is a zero sum game in many cases. if you succeed, i fail. if you get ahead, i fall behind. if you get the job, i lose mine. maybe worse of all, if i hold you down, i lift myself up. we've lost sight of what president kennedy told us when he said a rising tide lifts all
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boats. when we lift each other up, we're all lifted up. you know, the corollary is true as well. when any one of us is held down, we're all held back. more and more, economic studies in recent years have proven this. but i don't think you need economic studies to see the truth. just imagine if instead of con signing millions of american children to underresourced schools, we gave each and every 3, 4-year-old child a chance to learn, to go to school, not daycare, but school, and grow, and thrive in school and throughout -- when they've done that, the places have been done have shows they have exponentially greater chance of going through all 12 years of school and doing it well. but, you know, does anyone in this whole nation think we're not all better off if that were to snap just imagine, if instead of denying millions of americans the ability to own a home and build generational
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wealth, we made it possible for them to buy a home, their first home, and began to build equity to provide for their families and send their children off to school. does anyone doubt the whole nation would be better snoff just imagine. instead of denying millions of young entrepreneurs the ability to access capital, we made it possible to take their dream to market, create jobs, reinvest in their own communities. does anyone doubt this whole nation wouldn't be better off? just imagine more incredibly creative and innovative, how much more innovative we'd be if this nation held the historic black scompledges universities to the same opportunities and minority-served institutions that had the same funding and resources of public universities to compete for jobs in industries of the future. you know, just ask the first hbcu graduate elected to vice president if that's not true.
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but to do this, i believe this nation and this government need to change their whole approach to the issue of racial equity. yes, we need criminal justice reform. but that isn't nearly enough. we need to open the promise of america to every american, and that means we need to make the issue of racial equity not just an issue for any one department of government, it has to be the business of the whole of government. that's why i issued my executive order that will, for the first time, advance equity for all throughout our federal policies and institutions. it focuses on the full range of communities who have been long underserve and had overlooked, people of color, americans with disabilities, lgbtq americans, religious minorities, rural, urban, suburban communities, facing persistent poverty. i've asked ambassador susan
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rice to lead the administration's charge through the white house of domestic policy council, because i know we'll see it through. every white house component and every agency will be involved in this work because advancing equity has to be everyone's job. today, i'll be signing an additional package of executive actions to continue this vital work. housing, for example, housing is a right in america, and homeownership is an essential tool to wealth creation and to be passed down to generations. today, i'm directing the department of housing and urban affairs and urban development to redress this historic racism in federal housing policies. today, i'm directing the federal agency to reinvigorate the consultation process with indian tribes, respect the tribal sovereign and respect for tribal sovereign will be a
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cornerstone of our engaging with native american communities. this bill on the work we did last week to expand tribes' access to the strategic national stockpile for the first time, to ensure they receive help from the federal emergency management agency, fema, to fight this pandemic. today, i'm directing federal agencies to combat resurgence of xenophobia, particularly against asian americans and pacific islanders that we've seen skyrocket during this pandemic. this is unacceptable, and it's un-american. i've asked the department of justice to strengthen this partnership with the asian american pacific islander community to prevent those hate crimes. i've also asked the department of health and human services to put out best practice for combating xenophobia and our national response to covid. look, in the weeks ahead, i'll be reaffirming the federal
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government's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and accessibility, building on the work we started in the obama-biden administration. that's why i've rescinded the previous administration's harmful ban on diversity and sensitivity training and abolish the counter factual 1776 commission. unity and healing must begin with understanding and truth, not ignorance and lies. today, i'm also issuing an executive order that will ultimately end the justice department's use of private prisons and houses prechildhood detainees and federal prisoners. the executive order directs the attorney general to decline to renew contracts with privately operated criminal facilities, a step we started to take in the end of the obama administration and was reversed under the previous administration. this is the first step to stop
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corporation from profitting off and incarceration that is less humane and less safe as the studies show. and it is just the beginning of my administration's plan to address systematic problems in our criminal justice s. here's another thing we need to do. we need to restore and expand the voting rights act. named after our dear friend, john lewis, and continue to fight back against laws that many states are engaged in to suppress the right to vote while expanding access to the ballot box for all eligible voters. because here's the deal. and i'll close with this. i ran for president because i believe we're in a battle for the soul of this nation. and the simple truth is our soul will be troubled as long as systemic racism is allowed to persist. we can't eliminate it overnight. we can't eliminate everything. but it's corrosive. it's destructive. and it's costly.
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it cost of american, not just who felt the sting of racial injustice we are not just a nation of morally deprived because of systemic racism. we're also less prosperous. we're less successful. we're less secure. which we must change. and i know it's going to take time, but i know we can do it. and i firmly believe the nation is ready to change, but government has to change as well. we need to make equity and justice part behalf we do every day. today, tomorrow, and every day. i'm going sign these executive actions to continue the work to make real 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 in every branch of the white house and the federal government is going to be part of that effort. thank you.
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[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] president biden: the first executive order is a memorandum for the secretary of housing and urban development to address our nation's and the federal government's history of discriminatory housing practices and policies. next executive order is
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reforming incarceration system by eliminating the use of privately operated criminal detention facilities. third executive order is a memorandum for the executive departments and agencies, tribal consultation and nation relationships. last executive order is condemning and combating racism, anden xenophobia and intolerance against pacific islanders and asian americans in the united states.
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you think the country's ready, and i know this administration's ready. thank you. >> this afternoon, president joe biden will talk about efforts to stop the coronavirus from spreading and distribution of the vaccine. watch live at 4:45 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> california governor gavin newsome gave an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and vaccine distribution strategies.


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