Biden and Harris have yet to respond to BLM co-founder’s meeting request

by Jenny Mount · Nov 19th, 2020 4:50 pm

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2020 at 5:48 pm

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have not publicly said whether they will grant a meeting with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who requested the meeting to discuss the movement's agenda and lay out expectations for the new administration.

"Without the resounding support of Black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome," Cullors said in a letter to Biden and Harris. "In short, Black people won this election."

Biden has previously promised that he would create a police oversight board to combat police brutality, although he has flip-flopped on BLM's "defund the police." When asked back in July, "Do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding?" by activist Ady Barkan, Biden responded, "Yes, absolutely."

However, Biden took a strong stance against defunding police officers in September when President Trump claimed he supported the move.

"I'm totally opposed to defunding the police officers," said Biden. "They need more assistance."

Biden has promised to address the country's racial wealth gaps, "address environmental justice," and invest in racial health disparities. Biden's plan would invest $30 billion to a new small business opportunity fund for minority communities.


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