Speaking with leaders of leading civil rights organizations, President-elect Joe Biden confirmed that his administration will prioritize racial justice and has pledged to form a diverse cabinet that can address pressing equality issues.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Congressman Cedric Richmond, who will join the Biden administration as a senior adviser, also attended the virtual meeting, which lasted about two hours and was closed to journalists.
Biden has pledged that his administration will place particular emphasis on racial justice when discussing police and criminal justice reforms. The meeting participants also discussed the coronavirus pandemic, the racial wealth gap, electoral rights and other issues.
The meeting took place against the backdrop of calls to ensure the ethno-cultural diversity and representativeness of the new cabinet.
African Americans were instrumental in Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. And in some key states, including Arizona and Nevada, support from other non-white voters has been crucial.