Before signing an executive order on policing, on the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death by a Minneapolis police officer, President Biden said the authorization is “a measure of what we can do together to heal the very soul of this nation.”
JOE BIDEN: That's why the executive order I'll be signing today is so important in my view. It's a measure of what we can do together to heal the very soul of this nation, to address profound fear and trauma, exhaustion that particularly Black Americans have experienced for generations. And to channel that private plain and public outrage into a rare mark of progress for years to come.
Two summers ago, in the middle of the pandemic, we saw protests across the nation the likes of which you hadn't seen since the 1960s. They unified people of every race and generation. Athletes and sports leagues boycotted and postponed games. Companies and workers proclaimed Black Lives Matter. Students staged solidarity walkouts. From Europe to the Middle East to Asia to Australia, people saw their own fight for justice and equality, what we were trying to do.
The message is clear. Enough. Just enough. Look, almost a year later, now--