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Fri Apr 12, 2024, 08:15 PM Apr 12

Biden hails work to reduce racial wealth gap as he seeks voter support [View all]

Source: Reuters

April 12, 2024 5:43 PM EDT Updated 2 hours ago

WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden hailed his administration's efforts to close the racial wealth gap, one of the country's most persistent inequalities, in a speech to Reverend Al Sharpton's racial justice conference in New York on Friday.

Biden, who is working to shore up support among Black voters ahead of his November rematch with former President Donald Trump, contrasted his policies with Republican efforts to cut funding for racial equity initiatives, state-provided health insurance, and social security.

"Black wealth is up 60% ... and the racial wealth gap has closed the most in 20 years. You know, I would argue this is transformational change. But we know there's much more work to do," Biden told participants in a virtual speech. He said Black Americans and other communities of color were particularly impacted by threats such as voter suppression, election subversion, moves to reverse reproductive rights, and political violence.

"There are more extreme voices out there who simply don't want to see people of color in the future of our country," he said. "These extremists are determined to erase the progress we've made. But together, we are determined to make history, not erase it." New data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency shows a 40% cut in the gap between home appraisals in majority white communities versus those in communities of color after the agency started to crack down on what it calls appraisal bias, the White House said.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-speak-racial-wealth-gap-sharpton-conference-2024-04-12/

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