We know that all Americans benefit when the specific needs of Black communities are centered, yet Black people have too often been neglected even by presidential administrations that would never have won without us. None of us can afford to let this history repeat itself if we want to address urgent needs like COVID recovery, economic justice, climate justice, and more.
Thanks to Black strategists, organizers, and voters in cities like Milwaukee, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, and their suburbs, the Biden-Harris ticket had the lead they needed to flip states like Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. As President-Elect Biden builds his Cabinet and sets the priorities for his administration over the next 70 days, it’s critical that he remembers who put him in the White House.
Joe Biden won because of overwhelming support from Black voters. Tell him it’s time to show up for our communities by including Black leaders with a track record of strengthening Black communities in his transition, his White House staff, and his Cabinet.
Congratulations on your election to be the next President of the United States. The support of Black voters was crucial in your nomination and election. As you begin your transition I urge you to elevate Black people to key leadership positions in your transition, White House staff, and Cabinet.
All Americans benefit when the specific needs of Black communities are centered, yet Black people have too often been neglected even by political parties that have taken our votes for granted for decades. You can be a President who helps end mass incarceration and the increased militarization of police across the country. You can be a President who promotes economic justice, works for environmental justice, and invests in quality education and healthcare for Black communities.
In your victory speech you promised to "have the back" of Black communities across the country. That work begins as you build your cabinet and set your administration’s priorities. In your transition please remember the Black voters who are responsible for your election.