WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Biden is slated to sign a series of executive orders to reverse some of the harm former President Trump’s administration enacted, endorsed, and encouraged and that threatened people of color’s health and well-being. The orders include commitments to forming a policing commission, eliminating the use of private prisons, and condemning discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
“After four years of bigotry, cruelty, and hate espoused by Donald Trump and his administration, President Biden’s moves to disavow racism and start building a more just, equitable country is much needed progress,” said Kyle Herrig, president of government watchdog Accountable.US. “On top of his incendiary rhetoric and harmful immigration policies, Trump’s discriminatory coronavirus response left Black, Latinx, and AAPI communities struggling to hang on while the wealthy cashed in. President Biden and Congress must ensure that this pattern of inequitable aid that fed already massive systemic imbalances is addressed as the nation continues to weather the COVID-19 crisis.”
Some of the Trump administration’s damage from the past year that Congress and the Biden administration must work to mitigate:
FAR TOO LITTLE RELIEF MONEY TO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR…
- The ten districts with the highest percentage of Black residents got $13 billion less in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) money and 64,000 fewer PPP loans than the ten congressional districts with the lowest percentage of Black residents.
- The Trump administration disadvantaged and systematically shut out business owners of color, and Black business owners specifically, from obtaining the aid they needed to keep their enterprises afloat. As many as 41% of Black-owned businesses are expected not to survive the pandemic.
… BUT AMPLE AID FOR POLICE-AFFILIATED GROUPS
At the same time, in a year marked by widespread protests against rampant police brutality, Accountable.US found that the Trump administration awarded nearly 40 different police-affiliated organizations have as much as $15.8 million in COVID-19 aid through the PPP and other relief programs.