Tuesday night’s appeal of the Union’s position took on a markedly different tone than previously expected, and it took on a surprisingly different look than many could have imagined. Against the backdrop of two women, one black, the other white, President Joe Biden made his first address on the state of the Union since taking office. Traditionally, Vice President Kamala Harris on the right and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi on the left stood next to the President, indicating a major change in tradition and nation.
However, as expected, President Joe Biden gave the first 12 minutes of an hour-long speech, resolutely sending off the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But as POTUS continued, some elements of speech stood out and were of great importance to black and brown Americans.
1. He sang praises to his exclusively qualified candidate for the Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jacksonthe first black woman to be nominated to the highest court in the country, promoting her as a supporter of consensus.
“Regardless of your ideology, one of the president’s most serious constitutional responsibilities is to nominate a candidate for the United States Supreme Court,” Biden continued. “And I did it four days ago when I nominated Judge of the District Court of Appeal of Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of the main lawyers of our country, who will continue [retiring Supreme Court] The legacy of Judge Stephen Breer’s excellence. “
Biden also praised Jackson’s experience as a former federal public defender who comes from a “family of public school teachers and police officers”.
2. The President advanced his domestic agenda – with a bow to his Build back better program – and outlined key provisions to improve the quality of life for all Americans, but in particular for non-service and disenfranchised, by raising the minimum wage to $ 15 per hour, investing in the HBCU, and increasing support for community colleges.
The president also pressured Congress to approve a number of other priorities, such as restoring the child tax credit and paid leave programs.
3. Biden reiterated his opposition to the calls of progressives cut funding for America’s police departments.
“We all have to agree: the answer is not to deprive the police,” Biden said, cheering even some Republicans who have long accused Democrats of leniency.
“The answer is to fund the police with resources and training … they need to protect our communities,” Biden added.
4. The President also called for the adoption of a number of legislative acts to protect suffrage. He called on lawmakers to take important measures on voting rights, including the Freedom of Vote Act and the John Lewis Electoral Rights Act. He also called for the Disclosure Act “so Americans can know who is funding our election.”
During his speech, Biden called the right to vote and considered it “the most fundamental right in America.”
“And look, it’s under attack,” Biden said. “New laws have been passed in the states, not only to suppress the vote – we were there before – but also to undermine the whole election.
Biden extended protection for the LBTQ + community, saying: “Let’s finally bring to my table the bipartisan Equality Act. The pressure of state laws targeting transgender Americans and their families is wrong. ”
The president concluded his historic address by proposing a “Agenda of Unity for the Nation” for “four great things we can do together.” He promised to work to defeat the four national plagues he named; the opioid epidemic, the mental health crisis, support for veterans and a 50 percent reduction in cancer over the next 30 years.
Millions of Americans who listened to the president’s speech last night may be debated over whether his domestic agenda will address inflation, post-pandemic shocks and many major problems at home and abroad. But one bright spot last night’s SOTU is the administration’s unwavering and unwavering commitment to color in this White House.