April 13, 2021 19:56

Can Biden Satisfy Activists With Anti-Racism Moves?

Advocates are pushing President-elect Joe Biden to tackle systemic racism with a Day One agenda that includes ending the detention of migrant children and expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), announcing a Justice Department investigation of rogue police departments and returning some public lands to Indigenous tribes, reports Axios. Biden has said the fight against systemic racism will be high on his agenda, but expectations may be so high that he won’t be able to meet them. Without control of the Senate, Biden may be forced to rely more heavily on appointments and executive actions than legislation. The Biden campaign has said the president-elect intends to reverse the Trump administration’s barriers against DOJ consent decrees involving local police departments and would “end prolonged detention” of migrants, but hasn’t said how fast he will adopt changes.

Some activists are advocating an order that all federal agencies reinstitute requirements for anti-racial bias training for their workers. Others want Biden to sign an order decriminalizing cannabis, noting that many Blacks and Latinos face petty drug charges from marijuana possession when it’s legal in some states. Biden supports decriminalizing marijuana and expunging prior marijuana convictions. Civil rights leaders say Biden can act as a conciliator in chief to show he wants to nation to ease racial tensions in the hardest-hit communities. BlackPAC  director Adrianne Shropshire said Vice President-elect Kamala Harris could be dispatched to cities that have been hit hard by police violence and uprisings, including Minneapolis, Portland and Kenosha, Wi.

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