It looks like Joe Biden has a little more groveling to do.
The Democrat presidential hopeful is under fire from over 50 liberal activist groups that penned a letter blasting his “far from sufficient” efforts to reform law enforcement, Fox News reports.
Biden under fire
As the nation faces its worst racial unrest in generations, Biden has sought to satisfy activists calling for radical change to law enforcement — and shed a reputation for being a “law and order” Democrat from a bygone era.
But Biden’s task is no easy one: he has to make an unappeasable mob happy, which is impossible by definition. It doesn’t help that they want him to embrace such radical notions as defunding the police, which Biden has (wisely) rejected, according to The New York Times. He has otherwise vowed to make sweeping oversight reforms.
The challenge Biden faces was given dramatic expression in a threatening letter signed by groups like Black Votes Matter, which sent a simple message: make us happy, or else.
The letter warns in no uncertain terms that Biden will lose critical support from black voters if he doesn’t push more aggressively to change law enforcement. According to Fox, the groups take issue with his calls for $300 million to be allocated for community policing.
“You cannot win the election without the enthusiastic support of Black voters, and how you act in this moment of crisis will play a big role in determining how Black voters — and all voters concerned with racial justice — respond to your candidacy,” the letter reads, according to Fox. “A ‘return to normalcy’ will not suffice.”
Biden has also taken flak for his role in crafting a 1994 crime bill, which has been linked with the mass incarceration of blacks. But while he has admitted that the legislation may be flawed in some ways, it seems the former VP is far from finished climbing Purgatory’s mountain.
In their letter, the activist groups called on Biden to “make amends” for the harm he’s caused, as Reuters reports.
“As a Senator, you not only supported but in many cases authored and championed laws that expanded mass incarceration, increased police powers, and exacerbated racial disparities in surveillance and sentencing,” the letter says, according to Fox. “These laws broke apart Black communities and robbed many young Black people of a future. They are a part of the history that has led us to this moment, and their ongoing fallout has contributed to the outpourings of grief and anger we are seeing today.”
It looks like Kente cloth and rhetoric won’t be enough for the activists: they want real, serious, radical action.
What is Biden going to do now?