Institutional racism is still a problem in the United States, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday, adding that he offered “no apologies” for speaking out on the issue.
Addressing the National Urban League’s 13th annual legislative policy conference in Washington, Biden remarked upon “the overwhelming problems of the legacy of institutional racism which we still live with.”
“No one wants to say that. I know I sometimes speak out too loudly, sometimes, but I make no apologies for it,” Biden said. “Sometimes it’s uncomfortable, but these are uncomfortable times. We’ve got to shake the status quo a little bit. You know, we see this institutional racism today in voting, in children’s education, in the very makeup of our neighborhoods, housing patterns, employment, transportation, access to transportation.”