Biden Sidesteps Stevie Wonder Summit on Black Agenda?

White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre dodged questions on Monday about whether President Joe Biden would meet with singer Stevie Wonder to discuss “the black agenda” for the new year. The Grio’s April Ryan pushed Jean-Pierre on the issue, emphasizing Wonder’s worries about the black agenda being “left behind.”

Ryan pointed out that Biden had not fulfilled his promise to pass new voting rights laws and mentioned the Supreme Court’s decision to outlaw affirmative action in college admissions. She reminded everyone that Wonder had met with former President Ronald Reagan and played a pivotal role in establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.

In response, Jean-Pierre claimed that Biden takes the concerns raised by Ryan and Wonder “very, very seriously.” She refused to reveal any potential meeting between Biden and Wonder but stressed that Biden has been deeply focused on addressing racial inequality since his first day in office. Jean-Pierre emphasized that the administration has met with civil rights leaders and remains committed to maintaining open opportunities for communities.

The White House’s noncommittal response regarding a potential meeting between Biden and Wonder leaves lingering doubts about the administration’s dedication to advancing the black agenda. While Jean-Pierre attempted to reassure the public that Biden’s team takes the matter seriously, the lack of concrete plans for a meeting may leave some feeling skeptical about the president’s commitment.

Overall, the White House’s response to the proposal for a meeting with Stevie Wonder raises questions about the administration’s prioritization of issues important to the black community. Despite Jean-Pierre’s assurances, the absence of a clear plan for a sit-down with Wonder suggests that the administration’s actions may not align with their words when it comes to the black agenda. The American people, especially those concerned about issues affecting the black community, will undoubtedly be observing how the Biden administration follows through on its promises in the days to come.

Written by Staff Reports

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