At the Howard University graduation ceremony this week, President Joe Biden inflamed racial tensions by asserting that “white supremacy” poses the biggest danger to the United States.
In Washington, D.C.’s Capital One Arena, Biden delivered the commencement speech for the predominantly black university and college (HBCU). The president expressed pessimism in his address, calling the struggle against racism in America “a battle that is never truly over.”
Then, Biden warned grads to be vigilant against what he sees as our country’s biggest peril.
“White nationalism is the most serious terrorist threat to our country,” Biden warned the cheering audience. “I am not declaring this only because I attend a Black HBCU, though. I repeat that wherever I go.”
The president of the Democratic Party also made a subtle jab at his rival, former President Donald Trump.
“Let’s be clear: There are people who are opposed to this vision and do not see you,” stated Biden. “There are individuals that malign others and incite conflict among them. And then there are some who are willing to do anything—no matter how irrational or immoral—to maintain their position of authority. And that fight is never going to be simple.”
The president made an effort to uplift the graduates by saying that they stand for the country’s future and would demonstrate the “strength of our diversity at the very heart of American life.” However, some Howard University students there continued to criticize the Biden administration’s alleged inability to defend African Americans, according to POLITICO.
One poster said, “A Black child was murdered yesterday!” in reference to Jordan Neely’s death on a New York City train earlier in the month.
Another banner stated, “Biden and Harris are not concerned about Black people.”
In the end, Biden told the Howard graduates that they exemplify “the best” of America.
“I’m aware of this,” the president said. “The oldest, most evil forces may think they can shape America’s destiny, but they are mistaken. The destiny of America is in our hands. The destiny of America rests on you. And that isn’t an exaggeration.”