Biden meets virtually with civil rights leaders

Biden meets virtually with civil rights leaders

President-elect pledged to focus on racial issues

Speaking with leaders of leading civil rights organizations, President-elect Joe Biden reaffirmed that his administration will prioritize racial justice and promised to form a diverse cabinet that can address pressing equality issues.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Congressman Cedric Richmond, who will join Biden’s administration as a senior adviser, also participated in a virtual meeting that lasted about two hours and was closed to reporters.

Biden assured that his administration would focus on racial justice when discussing police and criminal justice reforms. The meeting also discussed the coronavirus pandemic, the racial wealth gap, voting rights and other issues.

The meeting took place amid calls for ethnocultural diversity and representation of the new cabinet.

African Americans were instrumental in Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. And in some key states, including Arizona and Nevada, the support of other non-white voters was crucial.