President Joe Biden traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday where he visited the site of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre to mark its 100th anniversary.
During his speech Biden outlined his plans to combat the country’s racial inequality. “What happened in Greenwood “was an act of hate and domestic terrorism with a through line that exists today, still,” said Biden.
Biden said that one of the reasons Klu Klux Klan was mostly because of guys like him “who are Catholic.”
“It was about making sure that all those Polish, and Irish, and Italian, and Eastern European Catholics, who came to the United States after World War I would not pollute Christianity. The flames from those burning crosses torched every region of the country. Millions of white Americans belonged to the Klan, and they weren’t even embarrassed by it. They were proud of it. And that hate became embedded systematically and systemically in our laws and our culture.”
“We must not give hate a safe harbor,” said Biden. “As I said in my address to the joint session of Congress, according to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today, not Isis, not Al-Qaeda, white supremacists. That’s not me. That’s the intelligence community under both Trump and under my administration.”
Tune in as I deliver remarks to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. https://t.co/JLAHnyeyhH
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 1, 2021