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. 

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.