A black leadership group went after President Biden following his address to Congress Wednesday evening with one member stating, “Joe Biden used black Americans to ascend to the White House, but has basically turned his back on them.”
The group, Project 21, and has been around for 25 years and describes itself as an “initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment,” according to the group’s website.
The group put out a press release criticizing the way Biden has dealt with black Americans since taking office.
“The policy needs of black Americans always come last with liberals – regardless of the high percentage of blacks who support them. President Biden claimed his administration is on track to cut child poverty in half but failed to cite any metrics or data to support that claim,” Project 21 co-chairman Stacy Washington said. “Thirty percent of black kids live in poverty. There are over 97,000 black children in foster care. In less than 100 days, the Biden Administration has admitted over 20,000 migrant children into the country, putting their needs ahead of those of black children. What are your plans for American children, Mr. President? Black Americans want to know.”
Project 21 member Marie Fischer echoed the sentiment. “Joe Biden used black Americans to ascend to the White House, but has basically turned his back on them. The examples are epic. By allowing biological boys to compete in women’s sports, he will cause girls – especially black girls – to lose out on college scholarships that could help them attain a better life. Then there’s amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. Studies like one from the National Bureau of Economic Research have shown that, as illegal immigration increases, jobs become increasingly scarce for black Americans while incarceration rates rise. A $15 minimum wage will similarly decrease employment opportunities for black youth. Biden got into office with the typical bait-and-switch that the left always uses on black America.”
“A hundred days of divisiveness have hurt the black community, with damaging policies bringing more harm than help,” Project 21 member Martin Baker said.
“For example, while every other ethnic group has seen their unemployment numbers diminish, blacks have seen theirs rise since Biden entered office. A recent H&R Block survey of black-owned businesses revealed more than half have suffered from a 50% loss of revenue during this pandemic — yet Biden and his allies champion a higher minimum wage that would make the outlook even more bleak. These are not actions that benefit our community.”
Derryck Green—another member of the group—said that “Joe Biden once proclaimed in an interview on an urban radio station that, if blacks had trouble deciding between him and Donald Trump, they ‘ain’t black.’ But what have those blacks who proved their authenticity received for their votes? What they usually receive after blindly supporting liberal politicians: racialized talk about ‘justice’ and ‘equity’ and promises to support minority businesses, without significant action to actually empower American blacks trying to recover in a post-COVID economy. Biden signed executive orders for gay and transgendered Americans, for illegal aliens and Latinos and for gender equity. But blacks have been predictably ignored.”
Joe Biden has received little criticism for the way he has handled the plights of minorities since taking office—especially considering part of his platform was to address issues such as mass incarceration and other race-based disparities.