President Joe Biden appears to be fully embracing progressive tenets of the Democratic Party, including identity politics and the narrative of systemic racism.
By way of an executive order, the newly inaugurated commander in chief went further than simply affirming these notions by codifying and even prioritizing them at the federal level.
“Rooting out systemic racism”
According to Breitbart, it was mere hours after he was sworn in that he tasked the entirety of the federal government with “rooting out systemic racism” and ensuring racial “equity.”
With a stroke of his pen, Biden signaled the shift in priorities for each department and agency within his fledgling administration.
The executive action, titled “Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” was just one of more than a dozen signed on Inauguration Day.
In it, Biden asserted that too many Americans have been denied the “equal opportunity” to pursue the American dream, ostensibly as a result of “entrenched disparities in our laws and public policies, and in our public and private institutions.”
The order called for “an ambitious whole-of-government equity agenda” to deal with the societal ills enumerated therein.
“Perpetuate systemic barriers”
“It is therefore the policy of my Administration that the Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality,” Biden wrote.
In order to combat the supposed “systemic” discrimination at play in the United States, Biden ordered each agency to assess whether “its programs and policies perpetuate systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits for people of color and other underserved groups.”
Overseeing the assessment will be the White House Domestic Policy Council, led by adviser Susan Rice and in conjunction with the Office of Management and Budget.
The first order of business is described as a report due in six months regarding the extent of systemic racism and other potential barriers along with the best practices for the federal government to deal with them. Each department in the Biden administration will have 200 days to submit a report identifying such issues within their respective purview, followed by a one-year deadline to submit actionable corrective plans.
Plenty of Americans on the other side of the aisle, however, have taken exception to Biden’s rhetoric regarding supposed systemic racism, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who said of the inauguration speech: “If you read his speech and listen to it carefully, much of it is thinly-veiled innuendo calling us white supremacists, calling us racists, calling us every name in the book, calling us people who don’t tell the truth.”