UPDATED 7:27 AM PT – Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Joe Biden appeared to fall flat while delivering remarks to commemorate 100 years since the Tulsa race massacre.
On Tuesday, the Democrat traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to introduce a plan to tackle income inequality for black Americans. He began his speech by taking a moment to shine the light on himself by falsely claiming he’s the first president to travel to the city.
“The events we speak of today took place 100 years ago and yet, I’m the first president in 100 years ever to come to Tulsa,” Biden claimed. His comments came nearly a year after President Trump visited the BOK Center in Tulsa for his first campaign event since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Biden then introduced a plan aimed at boosting black wealth creation throughout the nation. His plan would create an agency to address inequality in home appraisals with the Housing and Urban Development Department enacting two new fair housing rules that will make it easier to enforce the Fair Housing Act.
“Because today, we’re announcing two expanded efforts targeted toward black wealth creation that will also help the entire community,” Biden stated.
Additionally, the plan includes a commitment by the White House to increase the share of federal contracts awarded to small businesses with a focus on black owned businesses by 50 percent over the next five years.
“Just imagine, if instead of denying millions of entrepreneurs the ability to access capital and contracting, we made it possible to take their dreams to the marketplace to create jobs and invest in our communities,” Biden continued. “The data shows young black entrepreneurs are just as capable of succeeding given the chance as white entrepreneurs are.”
However, similar racially focused plans have been met with growing frustrations from the people who are being denied aid due to their race. Back in April, America First Legal, a law firm headed by former senior adviser to Trump Stephen Miller, filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of Agriculture over a subsidy program that explicitly excludes white farmers.
Biden apparently turned a deaf ear to his critics as he announced he had, again, made the decision to delegate responsibility to Kamala Harris; this time to lead his administration’s push to pass electoral reform legislation in Congress. With staunch Republican opposition, however, it’s unclear whether or not she will be successful.