It’s not necessarily a new destination. Biden detailed the spending in his plan for Black America, which was released in May. “As a condition of the grant, the hiring of police officers must reflect the racial diversity of the community they serve,” he stated in the plan. However, when Biden mentioned the additional funding during a CNN town hall on February 16, it caught the attention of black activists. Many of them pointed out that the pledge ran counter to what the Black Lives Matter movement and many supporters were campaigning for when they took to the streets millions of times last summer to protest racist policing after George’s arrest Protest Floyd. Floyd, 46, died in police custody on May 25 when a white Minneapolis policeman kneeled by the black father’s neck for more than eight minutes.
Biden said during town hall he would not disappoint the police, a rally from protesters seeking to redistribute some of the public safety funds for preventive social services, mental health resources and education programs. “We need to put more money into policing so that we have a legitimate community police force and we are in a situation where we are changing the legislation,” Biden said at the town hall. “Nobody should go to jail for a drug offense. Nobody should go to jail for drug use. They should go to drug rehabilitation.”
Movement attorney Angelo Pinto confronted the president on Twitter for planning to increase police funding and making several decisions based on his repeated claim during CNN City Hall that it did not owe $ 50,000 in student loan debt to borrowers would cancel in revenge against Syria for a deadly attack on a US-led base including an air strike last week. Pinto – co-founder of the organization for social justice Up to Freedom, in which he works together with the activists Tamika Mallory, Mysonne Linen and Linda Sarsour – also weighed on the increasing pressure on the president to set up a promised task force reunite families separated at the U.S. border to reunite families. “Biden didn’t try to bomb Syria, which he did, ”Pinto tweeted. “Don’t try to please the children at the border! DO NOT TRY TO CANCEL Student Debt – CANCEL STUDENT DEBT! Don’t give the police more money – DEFUND THE POLICE! Finally don’t ignore the INQUIRIES – give the blacks REPAIRS! “
Student loan forgiveness
New – Biden rejects Schumer / Warren’s proposal to cut $ 50,000 in student loan debt per borrower:
“I won’t make it.”
He does not want to cancel debts of elite school borrowers – and money should better be spent on early childhood education. pic.twitter.com/oDwvCJveOm
– Michael Stratford (@mstratford) February 17, 2021
Pinto was by no means the only critic of Biden’s remarks on student loan forgiveness. Filmmaker and activist Bree Newsome condemned the president on February 17 in a Twitter thread:
“The Biden administrator could already have achieved a * big * victory if he had canceled his student debts, which would have cemented support for his party among voters who were re-activated or reactivated in 2020. Instead, he has done damage by undermining promises to help and making Dems untrustworthy …
… These are also maneuvers that are neither economically nor politically sensible. They serve an ideological moderatism that is inconsistent with the party base or the views of an emerging electorate who are younger and less white. “
To be fair, Biden never promised to cancel $ 50,000 in student debt. Instead, he made a promise in his plan for Black America, immediately Cancel at least $ 10,000 in federal student loan debt. While at CNN City Hall, he turned down the idea of telling a community, “I’m going to forgive the debt, billions of dollars in debt, for people who went to Harvard, as well as Yale and Penn.”
Progressive Democrats condemned logic. Rep. Ayanna Pressley told Rev. Al Sharpton on his MSNBC show on Feb.21 that student debt relief was an economic justice issue. “It’s a racial justice issue, and it has to be part of a just and just economic recovery from this pandemic,” she said. “This is a nearly $ 2 trillion crisis, and so the narrative that President Biden advanced in this town hall is a misleading characterization.”
Pressley repeated a tweet she sent the day before Biden’s inauguration: “You do to thank Black women? Cancel student fault – all of it. Black women wear more student fault than any other group in America. Save your words of appreciation. Politics is our love language. ” Pressley said the president has “absolute authority to take executive action” to reduce debt of $ 50,000.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Feb. 17 that Biden would actually withhold a decision on an executive move on student loan debt until his appointed presidents can weigh up. “We will wait for that conclusion before a final decision is made,” said Psaki.
While Biden’s plans for public safety funding and student loan making were just that – plans – he put a promise into action, a diverse team of administration and cabinet picks. Most recently, the President recommended two people of color the Board of Directors of the US Postal Service on February 24th. Anton Hajjar is on Former lawyer for the American Postal Workers Union and legal advisor to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, according to Politico. Ron Stroman, a black man, is the recently retired deputy postmaster general and a vocal critic of the failing postmaster general Louis DeJoy.
The Postmaster General said explicitly: ‘Leave the mail behind. ‘This is not an unintended consequence. This is a deliberate delay by the Post, ”Stroman told MSNBC last August. “But let’s assume for a moment that it was unintentional. Here you have a key figure, a CEO of (a) 600,000 employee organizations, who doesn’t understand the ramifications of some of these initiative decisions. ”
DeJoy has been widely criticized for overhauling the post office and shuffling the mail system’s two senior executives into day-to-day operations, which reportedly resulted in several mail delays and earned him an invitation to a House committee for questioning last year. Stroman said at the time, months before the presidential election, that DeJoy was risking “disenfranchising hundreds and thousands of voters”. “The only way the postal service can get well is to work with Congress,” Stroman said.
It’s the same principle that Biden applies to a $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package that he’s also using to eradicate historical inequalities that hinder black farmers.
Coronavirus relief for black farmers
The president included a Sen. plan in the coronavirus package passed by House Democrats last Saturday. Raphael Warnock of Georgia allot US $ 5 billion federal funding to erase the federal debt of black, indigenous and Latin American farmers. The relief act is designed to help Biden keep a campaign promise to eradicate long-documented inequalities in agriculture.
After more than a century of discriminatory practices by the US Department of Agriculture, a highly competitive class action lawsuit has brought the elimination of errors that handicapped color farmers to the fore in President Barack Obama’s administration. “Despite the pioneering steps to eradicate inequality taken under Obama-Biden, the practices and values of the USDA declined under the authority of the (Donald) Trump administration – halting many agency-wide level playing field efforts, ”said Biden team said in his plan against economic racial inequalities.
One such example was a program established in 2018 to give agricultural heirs access to farm numbers to participate in USDA programs and receive government-subsidized legal services, Amanda Little, a professor at Vanderbilt University, wrote in a comment from Bloomberg. Trump reduced the number of loans that were distributed to $ 5 millionSaid Little. A more expansive legislative effort by Sen. Cory Booker, the The Justice for Black Farmers Act could increase that funding to $ 50 million. The Justice Bill also promises to give farmers a new era of 20 million acres of land and allow the USDA to spend $ 8 billion a year to black farmers over a 10-year period. “And while the Judicial Bill, which is 78 pages and hundreds of provisions, has little chance of being passed in its entirety, it has made an urgent call to action: Biden’s government and the 117th Congress now have the responsibility and the opportunity To reverse a long legacy of injustice, ”wrote Little.
When the USDA allocated $ 19 billion to help farmers during the Trump administration’s pandemic, Black Farmers Association president John Boyd told NPR in May that he knew that most of the money wouldn’t reach small farms . “Most of the money the USDA talks about goes to corporate farmers, but there is absolutely nothing for smallholder farmers like me. And I believe we are heading towards food shortages,” Boyd said. The Virginia farmer added in a recent interview with Inside Edition last month that while farmers know they must “deal with Mother Nature” they do not have to deal with “discrimination and unfair practices.”
One in seven farms was black-owned a century ago, and it’s now only one in 50. The National Farmers Union posted a Twitter thread on Thursday. “In context, what this discrimination looks like: According to the latest agricultural census, black farmers receive government payments of around USD 59 million; white farmers get about $ 9 billion. Per capita that’s US $ 1,208 for black farmers and US $ 2,707 for white farmers, ”the organization said in the thread.
Boyd, 55, has told Inside Edition since he started farming in the 1980s that he was “spat on, called the N-word, and threatened with a gun while trying to get loans.” “These are things that happen in my life, not my father’s or my grandfather’s,” Boyd said. He went on to say that he was optimistic but also cautious that Biden would usher in a new era for farmers. “I got up behind Biden because he told me there would be changes at USDA, which was important to me,” said the farmer. “I’m very optimistic but I’ll have to wait and see what results we get.”
Stay tuned to learn more about how Biden keeps his promises to Black America.
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