Joined by Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House, Biden said, “Systemic racism is a stain on the nation’s soul, the knee on the neck of justice for Black Americans, profound fear and trauma, the pain and exhaustion that Black and brown Americans experience every single day.”
In brief remarks earlier, Harris said, “Today, we feel a sigh of relief. Still, it cannot take away the pain. A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice.”
Biden and Harris each called on the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would, among other things, ban federal law enforcement from using chokeholds and restrict other practices. The House passed the legislation in February, but it is awaiting a vote in the Senate.