US President Joe Biden announced – during a historic visit to Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the centenary of the massacre committed in the city against black Americans – that he came to “help break the silence” that cast a shadow over decades on one of the worst chapters of racial violence in the history of the states United.
“The events we are talking about happened 100 years ago, and yet I am the first president in 100 years to come to Tulsa,” Biden said – in front of a crowd of invitees, including survivors of the massacre that killed more than 300 black Americans – and stressed his desire to ” Make the truth resound.”
Biden expressed his regret that this racist massacre “was forgotten for a long period of our history. As soon as it was committed, there was a clear effort to erase it from our memory,” noting that among the attendees at the ceremony were 3 survivors of the massacre, over 100 years old. : Viola Fletcher, Hugh Van Ellis, and Lycy Benningfield Rundle
“Some grievances are so awful, frightening and painful that they cannot remain buried,” Biden continued, who was a deputy to Barack Obama, the first black president in the history of the United States.
right to vote
Biden took the opportunity to make this historic speech to denounce the “absolutely unprecedented” attacks on the “sacred right” of black citizens to vote in elections, through laws passed by some conservative states to restrict access to the polls.
“This sacred right is under attack with a force that I have never seen before,” he said, vowing to “struggle” for Congress to pass this month an electoral law that protects the right to vote.
On Saturday, Biden denounced Texas’ joining the states of Georgia and Florida in passing laws that impose many restrictions on voting dates, as well as on voting by mail, and prohibiting voting from cars, measures originally approved to facilitate voting for minorities – especially blacks – and they are voters who support General Democrats.
Supporters of these laws say they are meant to make voting safer, but critics say they aim to make it more complicated for blacks, Latinos and other non-whites, who tend to vote for Democrats.
However, the Republicans who are behind the preparation of these laws assert that their only goal is to prevent election fraud, repeating what former President Donald Trump has said to prove that he won over Biden last November, but the elections were stolen from him.
Since the end of those elections, several states – led by Republicans – have adopted bills that make voting more difficult.
In response to these laws, Biden called on Congress to pass two bills aimed at protecting the right of all Americans to vote without restrictions.
But approval of these two texts is difficult because of the small majority of Democrats in Congress.