In a recent commencement address at Howard University, President Joe Biden delivered a speech that stirred controversy and ignited discussions about racial tensions in America. The historically black college and university (HBCU) gathered at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the achievements of its graduates. However, it was the President’s remarks on white supremacy that took center stage.
President Biden, taking a pessimistic view of America’s fight against racism, declared, “The most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland is white supremacy.” These words resonated with some attendees, who responded with applause. The President emphasized that he was not making this statement solely because he was addressing a black HBCU but maintained that he carries this message wherever he goes.
Furthermore, Biden subtly took a swipe at his opponent, former President Donald Trump, by highlighting those who “demonize and pit people against one another” and those who will do anything to cling to power. He acknowledged that the battle against such forces would not be easy but encouraged the graduates to persevere.
While the President aimed to inspire and convey hope, some students at Howard University voiced their concerns over what they perceived as the Biden administration’s failure to stand up for African Americans. According to POLITICO, a few protesters held signs expressing their dissatisfaction, one of which referenced the recent tragic death of Jordan Neely on a New York City subway.
In his closing remarks, President Biden reassured the graduates that they represent the future of America. He acknowledged the existence of formidable forces that may attempt to shape the country’s destiny but proclaimed, “We will determine America’s future. You will determine America’s future.” The President emphasized the strength of diversity as a central aspect of American life and expressed his belief that the graduates embody the best of America.
The President’s remarks have generated mixed reactions and sparked discussions across the nation. Supporters commend his willingness to address the issue of white supremacy head-on, highlighting the urgent need for continued efforts to combat racism. However, critics argue that his focus on white supremacy may have overshadowed other pressing issues and failed to fully address the concerns of the African American community.
BIDEN at Howard University: “The most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland is white supremacy, and I’m not saying this because I’m at a Black HBCU…” pic.twitter.com/qPL3bkGsCx
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