Biden reacts to Chauvin verdict with denunciation of ‘systemic racism’

After controversially weighing in on the case prior to Tuesday’s verdict announcement, President Joe Biden offered a subsequent public statement welcoming the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Although he struck a hopeful tone in the wake of the jury’s guilty verdicts, some Americans believed his reference to “systemic racism” carried some disturbing implications.

“In full light of day”

“Today, a jury in Minnesota found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd last May,” the president said.

Going on to describe the incident as “a murder in full light of day,” Biden cited the perceived lasting impact of the case across American and beyond.

“It ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to,” he said during a joint press conference with Kamala Harris. “There’s systemic racism that’s a stain on our national soul.”

Biden declared that the incident exposed “the found fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion that Black and brown Americans experience every single day.”

Citing the extensive protests in Minneapolis and across the U.S. in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, the president insisted that such demonstrations “unified people of every race and generation in peace with purpose, to say enough, enough, enough of the senseless killings.”

“Much too rare”

Chauvin’s conviction “is a step forward,” Biden added, noting that he called Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz who expressed gratitude for the administration’s “close work with his team.”

Of course, Biden’s reference to often violent and destructive protests in connection with this week’s verdict came after critics argued that protesters, politicians, and pundits influenced the jury’s decision through implicit and explicit intimidation tactics.

Indeed, comments by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) during her trip to Minneapolis this week were widely condemned for that reason.

Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over the Chauvin trial, said that the California Democrat might have given the defense team grounds for appeal.

Biden called the Chauvin verdict “much too rare” in a tacit embrace of the idea that Black Americans are frequently killed by police officers with impunity. While it is true that data between 2009 and 2012 shows Black suspects disproportionately die during encounters with law enforcement, FBI figures from the same period show that Black suspects similarly represented a disproportionate number of deadly attacks on cops.

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  1. Joe Biden is undoubtedly the stupidest and most corrupt president we have ever had in my life time. I have to confess I’m only 74 years old,

    1. I’m about the same age as you, Jim. Biden may not be the most corrupt president ever, but certainly one of the most! He may well be the dumbest, however, as he is nothing but a puppet for the Democrats! They tell him what to do and to say, and he does it!

    2. Jim, i’m 76 never seen and heard so much hate, disfunction and right down dishonesty from a party that we demand be cancelled.

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  3. Maybe he is forgetting about the Civil War….how many white men lost their lives battling for the slaves freedom?? I realize there were also blacks fighting alongside both sides…yet a majority were white that died to free them and for a better Republic. We were all Americans from that day forth. All free…all ready to work together to make our nation set apart. One nation, under God…indivisible….with liberty and justice for ALL. It is time to be rid of these people who claim to unite, when out of these same mouths come words to divide us. Let us look at one another through a colorless lens as God does. When our actions prove we are needing justice, let there be justice….no matter the color. I look forward to the day when we will all be color blind…especially the left, since they are absolutely addicted to defining people by “color” which is causing further division.

  4. If Biden keeps preaching this systemic racism garbage all he is doing is creating more problems in a world that doesn’t need anymore problems ! And this from a ‘man’s who went to a funeral for a Grand Dragon of the KKK sort of like calling the kettle black !!!

  5. Truly cannot believe that Biden is ‘supposedly’ a practicing Catholic. I’m certain he is more corrupt than the Clintons. I am DEFINITELY NOT GOD … BUT … I do believe Biden, Pelosi (Catholics???) and their crooked buddies will burn in hell.

  6. The police officer made a bad choice that day and by law should be punished.
    But to use him as a scape goat for all problems in the US is unacceptable.
    The Gov’t and media is creating this war between people. If you tell a person enough times he is not getting what he thinks he is entitled too he will begin to believe it. I wished the media would be fair and balanced in their news reports.
    I don’t feel they are and they should be called out on it .

  7. Demented china Joe is the biggest racist ever. Just check his many years in government. He must be impeached asap and take ho harris and the legal cabinet with him.

  8. Racism has and unfortunately is probably going to be an issue for all times. It is not just white against black, but black against white. It also is about religion, region in which some hail from. I remember growing up it was Americans -vs- Germans. Then it was political affiliations. It can be anything. Maybe those are not “racism” but the premise is still the same. I am saddened by the state of division this country is in. We all bleed the same. It’s time we all respect all humans. The Lord loves all! It’s up to us to choose Him and his words of truth. We can all get along if we take the blinders off.

  9. Biden , every time you open your mouth you create a division in this nation. Biden you and Waters / Pelosi / democrats are the Judge , Jury. You make you own laws, then break them, You make new rules we are supposed to live by, and you live by different rules. Everything you do is for your selves , its not for the American people. But we are learning every day. You and your party will pay, you will lose many elections.

  10. THE WORST PART OF THIS WHOLE MESS IS IF IT HAD BEEN A BLACK POLICE OFFICER AGAINST A WHITE CRIMINAL WITH THE SAME OUTCOME IT MOST PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN ONLY LOCALLY REPORTRD ONCE AND THEN FORGOTTEN. THE GUILTY VERDICT WAS ONLY REACHED OUT OF FEAR!! FEAR THAT A INNOCENT VERDICT WOULD HAVE SET OFF NATIONWIDE ROITING, LOOTING. AND DEATH. FEAR THE JURY HAD FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. WAKE UP AMERICA – BLM WAS AND IS JUST A MONEY MAKING POLITICAL MOB.

  11. Anyone who believes such crap as the president stated – was it systemic racism that defeated the Jim crow tactics in the 1950s & 1960s? I believe instead that it was Dr MLK’s leadership of non-violence. Too sad that there is no such leadership today. Instead there’s only law-breaking & division as promoted by career politicians whose love of money has done nothing to help our country except own their constituents with little more than BS rhetoric at election time.

  12. All Democrats are breaking their Oath of Office.
    Oath of Office for Congress:
    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
    Oath of Office for President:
    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
    Oath of Office for Vice President:
    “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same: that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
    Local Town & City:
    I, _____, do solemnly swear [or affirm] that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of ________, and all local ordinances, and that I will faithfully and impartially perform and discharge the duties of the office of _____, according to the law and the best of my ability.
    Penalty for violating Oath of Office:
    Any other violation of the section on Bribery and Corruption with penalties not specified shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 1 year, or both, as well as forfeiture of office and restitution.

  13. Fret not, like Ebonics, Kwanza and Rap, this, too, shall fade. Sadly, life for AA on the lower, left hand side of the socio-economic-cultural Bell Curve will remain chaotic and angst filled. Little changes until they get a handle on that 70% out of wedlock north albatross.

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