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© Reuters. U.S. president Joe Biden speaks at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, U.S.A, Oct 21, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis


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WASHINGTON (Reuters] – U.S. president Joe Biden stood under the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and pleaded for patience in the midst of a political impasse over Democratic legislation on police reform and voting rights.

Biden stated that “I am aware of how slow the progress has been,” to hundreds of people at the 10th anniversary celebration of the grand granite memorial to civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1969.

Biden, however, stated that he would continue to focus his attention on “discrimination and racial disparation” as well as discriminatory laws.

While the Democratic president set out a solid agenda for Black Americans in January, it hasn’t been able to pass voting rights or police reform legislations despite strong Republican opposition.

Biden spoke a day after U.S. Senate Republicans blocked a voting rights bill. This was the third attempt by Senate Democrats to move such a bill this year in response to new restrictions on state balloting fueled by false claims made Trump as a stolen 2020 presidential race.

On Thursday, Biden made rare allusions to these claims. He said that legislators in Republican-led States who have passed restrictive voting legislation are “following my predecessor,” the former president, into an “abyss and deep, black hole.”

Trump chose Martin Luther King Jr.’s Georgian native state, which he falsely claimed he had lost because of voter fraud.

The struggle for voting rights isn’t about who votes, but making it more convenient for those eligible to vote. Biden stated that it’s not about counting votes or whether the vote should be counted at all.

Biden stated that Jim Crow was a sinister combination voter suppression and electoral subversion in the 21st Century. He was referring to laws from 19th and 20th centuries which violated Black Americans civil rights.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were present at the memorial to Biden – Biden being the first Black, Asian American woman to win America’s second highest office.

This memorial is located near the spot where King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech during 1963’s modern-day civil rights struggle.

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