Joe Biden effectively signed executive orders on the 26th of January, 2021 to drive anti-discriminatory sentiments in the United States, the newly sworn-in president inferred that those were part of the steps needed to be taken to promote racial justice as promised during his election campaign.
Some of the policies include scaling back the use of private prisons by not renewing contracts with private prison operators. It is believed that the existence of private prisons has contributed to an increased rate of incarceration and inhumane treatment of prisoners.
Bias in the housing market will also be tackled. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been directed to study existing policies and counteract the impacts on previous policies.
Read Biden’s statement in part below:
“I ran for president because I believe we’re in a battle for the soul of this nation, and the simple truth is our soul will be troubled as long as systemic racism is allowed to persist. We can’t eliminate it, it’s not gonna be overnight. We can’t eliminate everything, but it’s corrosive. It’s destructive and it’s costly. It cost every American, not just who felt the sting of racial injustice. We’re just less… we are not just a nation of morally deprived because of systemic racism, we’re also less prosperous, we’re less successful, less secure. We must change, and I know it’s going to take time, but I know we can do it.”