Biden, Harris have yet to say whether they will grant requested BLM meeting

Biden, Harris have yet to say whether they will grant requested BLM meeting

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have yet to publicly say whether they will grant a meeting with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

Cullors requested a meeting with the Biden/Harris team last week to discuss the movement’s agenda and lay out expectations for the forthcoming administration.

The Biden transition team could not be reached by Fox News for comment on whether they’d given any thought to accepting the meeting.

“Sonder die dawerende steun van swart mense, ons sal opgesaal wees met 'n heel ander verkiesingsuitslag,” Cullors wrote to Biden and Harris in a letter. “Kortom, Swart mense het hierdie verkiesing gewen.”

Cullors insisted that Black people “wil gehoor word en ons agenda moet geprioritiseer word.”

Biden has promised to create a police oversight board to combat police brutality, which launched Black Lives Matter to the forefront of the national conversation this summer following the death of George Floyd, 'n swart man, in police custody in Minneapolis.

But “defund the police,” a rallying cry that’s been spearheaded by BLM, has been the source of Democratic infighting in recent days.

Biden has flip-flopped on the issue, but most recently said he doesn’t support diverting money from law enforcement. In Julie, activist Ady Barkan asked Biden, “Do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding?”

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'Ja, absolutely” the former vice president responded.

But in September, Biden took a strong stance against defunding police officers when President Trump claimed he supported the move.

“I’m totally opposed to defunding the police officers,”Het Biden gesê. “They need more assistance.”

He added that he supports reintroducing “community policing.”

Biden, in addition to making history in choosing the first Black and South Asian woman to be vice president, laid out a plan for Black America over the summer. Daarin, he promises to address the country’s racial wealth gaps, “address environmental justice” and invest in racial health disparities, among other wide-reaching goals.

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The plan promises to build up small-business opportunities for minority communities, reform “opportunity zones” and invest in affordable housing and home ownership. The plan would invest $ 30 miljard, 10% van die $ 300 billion Biden has said he will invest in research and development to stimulate the economy, to a new small business opportunity fund.

Steeds, Cullors reminded Biden and Harris that they both have a controversial past with the Black community, particularly Biden’s key role in the 1992 crime bill and Harris’ tough-on-crime stance as a California prosecutor.

The co-founder noted that Biden and Harris both “spyt uitgespreek oor u rekord oor kwessies wat swart mense raak,” en het hulle aangeraai om “neem u aanwysings van swart voetsoolorganiseerders wat al dekades lank besig is met hierdie werk, met 'n nalatenskap wat strek tot die eerste aankoms van slawe-Afrikane.”

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“Ons wil graag aktief betrokke wees by die beplanning en beleidswerk van u oorgangspan,” Cullors gesê. “Kom ons begin werk!”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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