President Biden says America shouldn’t be a racist nation, however that Black Individuals have been left behind and “now we have to take care of it.”
In an interview on NBC’s As we speak present that aired Friday, Biden was requested concerning the remarks Wednesday by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who delivered the Republican response to the president’s tackle to a joint session of Congress.
Scott, the Senate’s solely Black Republican, stated that “America shouldn’t be a racist nation” and warned that “it is flawed to attempt to use our painful previous to dishonestly shut down debates within the current.”
Biden and Scott have divergent views on race in America, however the president agreed with the senator — to a degree.
“I do not assume the American individuals are racist,” he stated, “however I believe after 400 years, African Individuals have been left able the place they’re to date behind the eight ball when it comes to schooling and well being, when it comes to alternative.”
Biden continued, “I do not assume America is racist, however I believe the overhang from all the Jim Crow and earlier than that, slavery, have had a value and now we have to take care of it.”
“I do not assume America’s racist, however I believe the overhang from all the Jim Crow and earlier than that slavery have had a value and now we have to take care of it.” -President Biden pic.twitter.com/j52kCMC9O5
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Biden was additionally requested within the interview concerning the state of affairs on the Southern border. He stated that the variety of youngsters in search of to cross into the nation “is means down now, we have now gotten management” and that there is “a major change within the circumstance for youngsters coming to and on the border.”
In response to Customs and Border Safety, almost 19,000 youngsters and youngsters arrived on the Southern border in March — probably the most ever in a single month. Biden, nevertheless, refused to label the state of affairs a disaster.
Biden defended his administration’s efforts to reunite youngsters separated from their households by the Trump administration. “One of many issues is we do not know but the place these youngsters are. We’re attempting like hell to determine what occurred. It is nearly like being a sleuth, and we’re nonetheless persevering with to attempt like hell to search out out the place they’re,” he stated.
Biden additionally mentioned the state of the pandemic. Requested whether or not all Ok-12 colleges ought to be open this fall for in-person instruction 5 days per week, the president stated, “Based mostly on science and the CDC, they need to in all probability all be open.”