The Democratic presidential hopeful listened as members of his home city’s black community told him he has to do more. Tanzia Haq reports.
“The people in this room, we love you,” state senator Darius Brown told Biden. “But we’re here not only to love you, but to push you.” People of color, who will be voting in the presidential election this November, are demanding a leader who will bring significant changes so that circumstances that led to the death of George Floyd are never repeated.
America was already on the brink of a major economic collapse due to the coronavirus which took the lives of over 100,000 Americans and left over 40 million people unemployed. These tensions had been straining American societies before the brutal death of George Floyd occurred on Memorial Day.
If Biden wins, he will be inheriting these crises from his predecessor and it spells a major test of leadership for the former vice president. Black leaders across the nation have begun to say that this is not just about defeating Trump, but about restoring America to its former ideals. Biden’s success depends greatly on the support from black voters, especially younger people who have lost faith in the democratic process.
Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, said that young people of color are currently on the streets protesting and making their demands. Biden’s best chance at securing a presidency is by listening to them.
Rashad Robinson, the president of Color of Change, said, “This is a fight for political power and there are deeply entrenched forces that will stand in the way of any change, he cannot just aspirationally ask us to come together. He has to get in this fight with us.”