What You Should Know About The Exec Orders Biden Just Signed To Advance Racial Justice And Equity
Tuesday's executive address housing inequity, private prisons, Native American sovereignty and anti-Asian American harassment.
January 26, 2021 at 5:51 pm
President Joe Biden has hit the ground running and immediately began tackling issues of discrimination and injustice less than a week into his presidency.
Among the 17 executive orders that he signed on his first day in office were ones set to examine racial equity in the federal budget, ending the Muslim travel ban and scaling back some of Trump’s harsh immigration policies. On Tuesday, Biden turned his attention directly to racial inequality and signaled his intention to “take action to advance racial equity” with an early morning tweet.
America has never lived up to its founding promise of equality for all, but we’ve never stopped trying. Today, I’ll take action to advance racial equity and push us closer to that more perfect union we’ve always strived to be.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 26, 2021
On Tuesday afternoon, Biden gave a press conference highlighting the urgency of standing up against "systemic racism and white supremacy." Citing the January 6 Capitol Hill insurrection, he said "now is the time to act." He went on to sign four new executive orders aimed at racial inequities.