Biden promises Tulsa massacre survivors their story will be ‘known in full screen’
However, the rollout lacked a plan to either write off student debt – which disproportionately affects black students – or address the issue of reparations, federal repayments that relatives of the Tulsa victims say could restore what has left behind. been erased. White House officials have said the president supports a study on the issue, as he does with the broader issue of reparations for black Americans.
The NAACP and other civil rights groups criticized the Biden administration for not taking the step to cancel student loans, saying it was one of the biggest obstacles preventing black people to share the wealth of other Americans.
“Student loan debt continues to suppress economic prosperity for black Americans across the country,” NAACP chairman Derrick Johnson said in a statement. “You can’t start closing the racial wealth gap without addressing the student loan debt crisis.”
On the way to Tulsa, Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House’s senior deputy press secretary, told reporters aboard Air Force One that the administration had provided billions in funding to black colleges as part of the his $ 1.7 trillion coronavirus plan. But she didn’t answer questions about how to ease the financial stress of those who currently have student debt.
In a briefing for reporters on Monday night, administration officials insisted the other steps would help blacks across the country, especially in hard-hit communities like Greenwood.
Mr. Biden’s visit to Tulsa has been grim. Before delivering a speech, he privately met with survivors of the massacre, each between the ages of 101 and 107, whom he mentioned throughout his speech.
The violence began after the arrest of 19-year-old Dick Rowland, a black shoe shiner who was charged with assaulting Sarah Page, 17, a white elevator operator. Accounts vary as to what happened, but a common theory suggests that Mr. Rowland tripped and grabbed Ms. Page’s arm while trying to catch her fall. She screamed and he fled, according to the commission report.