The Black Lives Matter movement has shared a letter it sent to Biden and Harris on Saturday requesting a meeting. Biden pledged in his victory speech to “root out systemic racism”.
The letter begins by saying that President Trump’s exit will not “ensure an end to the intolerable conditions faced by Black people in America”.
BLM takes credit for helping win the White House for the Democratic ticket, saying: “In short, Black people won this election.”
“We want to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized. We issue these expectations, not just because Black people are the most consistent and reliable voters for Democrats, but also because Black people are truly living in crisis in a nation that was built on our subjugation.
“Up until this point, the United States has refused to directly reckon with the way it devalues Black people and devastates our lives. This cannot continue.”
The letter concludes that BLM looks forward to meeting the president-elect and vice-president-elect to “begin the immediate work of Black liberation”.
Biden said in Saturday’s speech: “The African American community stood up again for me. They always have my back, and I’ll have yours.”