During the commencement ceremony at Howard University, President Joe Biden stirred the flames of societal discourse by boldly declaring that “white supremacy” stands as the gravest threat to the nation.
Speaking at the prestigious HBCU’s graduation event, held at the resplendent Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., Biden cast a pessimistic shadow over America’s ongoing struggle against racism, remarking that it is a perpetual battle, one that remains eternally unfinished.
In a cautionary tone, the president addressed the fresh-faced graduates, urging them to remain vigilant against what he perceives as the most menacing peril plaguing the United States today.
When Biden resolutely proclaimed, “White supremacy is the most pernicious terrorist threat our homeland faces,” the crowd erupted in thunderous applause. And let me emphasize, I don’t say this merely because I stand before you at this historically black college or university. This is a truth I have long championed.
Indirectly, the Democratic president castigated the preceding Republican administration of Donald Trump, insinuating that there are those who fail to acknowledge the worth and potential of the graduates, and others who actively seek to sow division and conquer by demonizing their adversaries. He further underscored the desperate and morally bankrupt measures some are willing to employ to cling onto power, acknowledging that the fight against such forces shall never be straightforward.
President Biden sought to inspire the graduating class, much like his predecessor, President Obama, who extolled the strength derived from diversity, claiming it as the core essence of American life. However, according to POLITICO, a group of Howard students within the audience displayed their discontent, feeling that the Biden administration had not adequately supported African Americans.
One placard raised high read, “A black child was lynched yesterday!” in reference to the tragic demise of Jordan Neely, a young black man whose life was abruptly extinguished on a New York City subway earlier this month.
Concluding his address, President Biden held the Howard graduates up as paragons of the nation’s finest attributes, embodying the very essence of what makes America great.