Artists Urge Biden Administration to Address Racial Violence
Ahead of the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, celebrities called on the Biden-Harris administration to address racial inequalities and police brutality during their first 100 days in office. On Monday, the Black Music Action Coalition and #breathewithme Revolution joined forces to bring attention to the unjust ways Black and brown people have died at the hands of police, and urge the incoming administration to confront the history of racism in the US and propose ways to move forward.
Led by Alicia Keys, the powerful video shared by NowThis features artists Keke Palmer, T.I., Khalid, and more, listing the wrongful ways Black people have been killed in America and paying tribute to the lives lost. From sleeping in bed, like Breonna Taylor, to walking down the street, like Elijah McClain, the stars underlined how the lives lost to police officers had disproportionately affected Black and brown people.
To put an end to these racist attacks, the video pushed Biden and Harris to form a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission, which was first introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the global protests that followed in June. The special commission would focus on confronting the legacy of slavery in the country to inform and create policies that address racial injustices in the future. Watch the poignant video in full above and join the call to form the commission at #breathewithme Revolution’s website.