As President Joe Biden announced plans to take actions to address persisting racial inequities, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice steps into the role as the newly created Race Czar Created in response to demands from civil rights leaders.
During a press conference Tuesday, Rice said the president was committed to an equitable and inclusive economic recovery. Reporting for The Grio, April Ryan highlighted the federal government’s aim to address racial justice and equity across all decision making processes and agencies.
Domestic Policy @AmbassadorRice now has included in her portfolio the title of Biden Admin Race/Civil Rights Czar. The position is the answer to the @NAACP request to handle this pervasive issue of racial injustice & inequity.@DerrickNAACP says it is a "great initial step."
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 26, 2021
“We can no longer afford a piecemeal approach or to address these issues solely through civil rights offices,” Johnson said in a brief statement last week. “We must identify strategies for coordinating and deploying all levers of the federal government to tackle structural inequality.”
Johnson said the NAACP demanded the creation of such a position to address the ongoing challenges and barriers posed by racial inequality.
“It will require a herculean effort to eliminate the institutional barriers throughout the government that still perpetuate racial inequality,” he added. “We are elated that the Biden administration has appointed Dr. Susan Rice to lead this august challenge.”
Johnson called for Rice to have the resources and staffing necessary to carry out this task. After a December meeting with the incoming Biden Administration, the NAACP called for the creation of a position to focus on racial justice, equity, and advancement.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka echoed the call for a racial equity Czar a week before Biden’s inauguration.
The #BREATHEact is a visionary bill that divests our taxpayer dollars from brutal and discriminatory policing & invests in a new vision of public safety— a vision that answers the call to defund the police & allows all communities to finally BREATHE free.https://t.co/JLT7hCgEyz
— Movement 4 Black Lives (@Mvmnt4BlkLives) January 26, 2021
While some celebrate the first steps taken by the Biden Administration with the signing of four executive orders aimed at racial justice, grassroots organizers across the country continue to push for broader changes to address systemic issues. For some, the order to end private prisons does not go far enough. Rice confirmed Tuesday the order does not apply to privately run immigration detention centers.
Last summer, Rice spoke about the need for systemic reform to combat systemic racism in the midst of uprisings and protests across the country. Rice suggested that the economy could expand by $5 trillion if policies addressed racial gaps in income.
Here Are All The Black People In Joe Biden's Cabinet And His Most Senior Advisers
1. Adewale Adeyemo, Deputy Treasury SecretarySource:Twitter 1 of 19
2. Gen. Lloyd Austin, Department of DefenseSource:Getty 2 of 19
3. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, vice chair of the Democratic National CommitteeSource:Getty 3 of 19
4. Kirsten Clarke, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights DivisionSource:Getty 4 of 19
5. Ashley Etienne, Kamala Harris’ Chief Communications Director
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Ashley Etienne is the Communications Director for MVP Kamala Harris. She’s not new to the game. Etienne was the communications director for the House Oversight Committee under the late Elijah Cummings. Biden-Harris administration has chosen the best!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/FLVgWZCdUn— silverprincess💛 (@marsha_vivinate) November 30, 2020
6. Tina Flournoy, Vice President's Chief Of Staff6 of 19
7. Rep. Marcia Fudge, Housing and Urban DevelopmentSource:Getty 7 of 19
8. Joelle Gamble, National Economic CouncilSource:Courtesy of Biden-Harris Transition Team 8 of 19
9. Shuwanza Goff, Deputy Director Of The White House Office Of Legislative AffairsSource:Joe Biden Communications Coalitions 9 of 19
10. Jamie Harrison, DNC ChairSource:Getty 10 of 19
11. Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Deputy Press SecretarySource:Getty 11 of 19
12. Brenda Mallory, Council on Environmental Quality ChairpersonSource:Getty 12 of 19
13. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Co-Chair of Biden's Coronavirus Task Force
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Finally, some science.— NewsOne (@newsone) November 16, 2020
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a doctor and college professor promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations, will co-chair Joe Biden's Covid task force.https://t.co/cUHso6sruX
14. Michael Regan, EPA
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Biden picks Michael Regan, top North Carolina environmental official, to run EPA https://t.co/JJzYjFdevB— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 17, 2020
15. Susan Rice, White House Domestic Policy Council DirectorSource:Getty 15 of 19
16. Cedric RichmondSource:Getty 16 of 19
17. Cecilia Rouse, Council of Economic Advisors chairpersonSource:Getty 17 of 19
18. Symone Sanders, Vice President's spokesperson
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All of the reporting I've seen has indicated @SymoneDSanders is the frontrunner for Press Secretary so I'm expecting her to be picked. But let me add to the chorus to say she is the CREDENTIALS pick in addition to being historic. #BlackWomenLead https://t.co/cvFGjq1xLB pic.twitter.com/4Qd5D14pVR— BlackWomenViews Media (@blackwomenviews) November 14, 2020
19. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, UN AmbassadorSource:Getty 19 of 19
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