Biden Continues Push To Put Racial Equity At The Forefront - Cnn

Biden Continues Push To Put Racial Equity At The Forefront - Cnn

Biden continues push to put racial equity at the forefront

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1/27/2021 1:16:00 PM

Nearly a week into his administration, President Joe Biden is focused on creating a path toward equity after inheriting a deeply divided nation.

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After picking the most racially diverse Cabinet in US history, Biden jump-started his efforts by proposing a sweeping immigration overhaul, disbanding the 1776 commission and reversing a Trump-era ban on most transgender Americans joining the military. "President Biden believes gender identity should not be a bar to military service and that America's strength is found in its diversity," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday."America is stronger around the world when it is inclusive."On Tuesday, Biden signed a range of executive orders that could potentially help bridge the gap in homeownership between people of color and White people, strengthen the fight against bigotry faced by Asian Americans and ease the anxiety of families with incarcerated relatives. "I firmly believe the nation is ready to change but government has to change as well. We need to make equity and justice part of what we do every day, today, tomorrow and every day," Biden said during his remarks before signing the orders on Tuesday afternoon.Read MoreWhile previous administrations have had"an interest in advancing justice and equity," a senior administration official told reporters earlier on Tuesday that"never before has there been this whole of government approach" in which every agency has been mandated to advance equity and be held accountable for it.America's long history of housing discrimination The Biden administration intends to promote fair housing in a country where the cost of housing is continuously slipping out of reach for millions of people.On Tuesday, Biden signed a memorandum directing the Department of Housing and Urban Development to take steps to promote equitable housing politics, according to a senior administration official. Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, said every year about 4 million people face discrimination when they are trying to purchase or rent homes, or while getting home loans and insurance for their houses or apartments. But discrimination is not centered on those transactions, Rice says."There are systems in place that drive and perpetuate discrimination." "We hoard resources in predominantly White communities. And then we starve predominantly Black communities of resources. We starve Native American and Latino communities of resources," Rice said. Why the black and white homeownership gap hasn't changed much in 100 yearsAmerica's long history of housing and mortgage market discrimination practices such as redlining, the biased housing practice that stopped banks from providing mortgages in low-income, largely minority neighborhoods, has impacted generations of Black and Hispanic households, according to research by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Researchers found that nearly two-thirds of the Black, Hispanic and Native American populations living in poverty reside in communities with poverty rates above 20% and are underrepresented in higher-income areas. Among those who own homes, Black people lag behind White homeowners. In the third quarter of 2020, nearly 76% of White households owned their homes compared with 46.4% of Black households and nearly 51% of Hispanic households, according to US Census data. The Covid-19 pandemic has also disproportionately hurt Black and Latino renters and homeowners, advocates and researchers say. When people lost their jobs due to the economic downturn forced by the pandemic, renters couldn't pay their rent and began living on the edge of eviction. Last week, Biden signed an executive action to extend the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's federal moratorium that is protecting millions of struggling renters from eviction until at least the end of March. The CDC's order first went into effect in September and was previously extended until January 31. Biden's push for housing equity comes after the Trump administration ended the Obama-era rule known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in 2020. The rule was enacted in 2015 as a way to bolster the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which outlawed restrictions on selling or renting homes to people based on race. Covid-19 brought 'two pandemics' for Asian Americans, advocates say Since the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic, racism and xenophobia against Asian Americans spread across the nation, from violent attacks to racist slurs or jokes. Biden is taking a stand against discrimination against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community with an executive order on Tuesday acknowledging the harm and directing the Department of Health and Human Services to consider issuing Covid-19 guidance to advance language access and sensitivity toward these communities, according to a senior administration official."It does send a signal to the Asian American community that we have an administration that cares about the community and wants to protect the community," said John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, which advocates for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans.NYC launches team to combat coronavirus discriminationYang said rampant ignorance, misinformation and former President Donald Trump's rhetoric about Covid-19 led to anti-Asian sentiment. "Unfortunately the pandemic was really two pandemics for the Asian American community," Yang said. Trump, some GOP lawmakers and administration officials used terms like "the Chinese virus" or"the Wuhan virus," even after the World Health Organization and the CDC provided the official terminology for the virus in February. The WHO has advised not to use geographic locations in naming diseases because it creates a stigma.Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC was among the dozens of organizations that sent a letter to Congress in March asking them to take"tangible steps to counter the hysteria around the novel coronavirus, such as passing a joint resolution denouncing the racism, xenophobia, and misinformation surrounding it." The US House of Representatives addressed it by passing a resolution in September.In response to the spike in incidents, Yang said his organization along with Hollaback!, an initiative aimed at combating harassment, have trained over 15,000 people in techniques to intervene and de-escalate if they witness an incident. 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Wanting to impeach a president who has left office is part of healing right? Trash. The spirit of Gaddafi has been seeking vengeance. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 He is focused on dictatorship The Dems I know are uncompromising. Joe Biden is focused on killing the American dream as he continues his job killing rampage

Such a good man. He wasn’t my first choice but it is becoming clear he was the best choice. His bold actions early on are a pleasant surprise. He is showing that his campaign wasn’t just empty political promises but things he truly is willing to fight for. Great first week. DV2021 DV2020 FamilyVisa NoBan PP10014

You mean looking after illegal immigrants and criminals rather than the American people. He's a horrible president. What a monster. And also say goodbye to women's sports, boys will win all the girl races now. What a disgusting old man Mr rigging PM Joe has been FARTING too much in the White House - CNN correspondent 😂😃😆

Nope, he’s just costing American jobs, trying to allow illegals to stay so he has more votes going forward and ruining women’s sport by letting men participate. Report the facts. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 MANIPULATION!!!!!!!!!!!! So, 6 days into his term, and he has accomplished more than trump has in 74 years

Universal Healthcare. Free College Tuition. Grant DC & Puerto Rico Statehood. Pass New Civil Rights Legislation. ☺️☺️ Packaging In India our leader did penance on himalayas to find the solution for disrailing india as a nation. - universal LGBT? )) America can trust this man just like China. 🤪 Fake President!

Lord Joey montywhites I've decided we're not really divided. All the sane people pretty much agree on things. It's just the crazy people acting....crazy.🤔 CNN is a rat's butt Those Democrats are working hard on unity. Report some real news... 15k jobs lost. Highest covid deaths. Increase price in life saving drugs like insulin. Fake news Cnn

You’re joking. Right? good Can someone please define racial equity? God bless him Decency, respect, true values, honesty and truth with undeniable empathy have returned to the leadership, something that an evil tyrant tried to destroy. Democracy and the people have won. Biden is restoring trust, health and leadership to the White House A fresh start for America Thank you Joe! POTUS

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