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Press Secretary Jen Psaki grilled with question about ‘systemic racism’ in the United States

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has been grilled about President Joe Biden’s history after commenting about “systemic racism”. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tersely cut off a line of questioning about criticism that President Joe Biden is himself guilty of feeding into what he’s decried as “systemic racism” in the United States. In light of Mr. Biden’s comments after ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdicts for murdering George Floyd, Ms. Psaki was asked about the President’s own role in establishing federal laws in the 1980s and ’90s that disproportionately jailed minorities.

“Well, I would say that the president’s — one of the president’s core objectives is addressing racial injustice in this country, not just through his rhetoric, but through his actions,” Ms. Psaki said. “And what anyone should look to is his advocacy for passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, for nominating leaders to the Department of Justice to address long-outdated policies and to ask his leadership team here in the White House to prioritize these issues in his presidency, which is current and today and not from 30 years ago.”

Pressed further on whether Mr. Biden believes that “it’s important to accept his own culpability for setting up the system,” Ms. Psaki replied: “I think I’ve answered your question” and moved on to another reporter. Mr. Biden described the US as systemically racist in an address to the nation Tuesday night after the Chauvin verdict.

“It was a murder in the full light of day. And it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to,” Mr. Biden said in an evening speech at the White House.

Mr. Biden authored the 1994 crime law that imposed a mandatory sentence of life without parole for a severe third drug conviction — sending some people to prison for life for marijuana dealing.

The 78-year-old President was a staunch advocate of tough-on-crime legislation in the Senate before partially recanting his stance as a 2020 presidential candidate while denying that his bills caused mass incarceration, particularly racial minorities. Activist and then-Harvard University professor Cornel West said during the presidential campaign, “Biden is going to have to take responsibility and acknowledge the contribution he made to something that was not a force for good. West said that Mr. Biden’s 1994 crime law, in particular, contributed to mass incarceration and that he was upset the PPresidentchose to deny it. “When he says it didn’t contribute to mass incarceration, I tell him he has to get off his symbolic crack pipe,” Mr. West said.

Molly Aronson

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