President Joe Biden said the United States as a great nation needs to come to terms with its "dark side" at an event on Tuesday in Oklahoma remembering the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre. The president called white supremacy the "most lethal threat to the homeland today" in his address.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Well, Mother Fletcher said when she saw the insurrection at the Capitol on January the 9th [sic], it broke her heart, a mob of violent white extremists, thugs, said it reminded her of what happened here in Greenwood 100 years ago. Look around at the various hate crimes against Asian Americans and Jewish Americans, hate that never goes away. Hate only hides.
Jessie, I think I mentioned this to you. I thought after you guys pushed through with Dr. King the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, I thought we moved. What I didn't realize--I thought we had made enormous progress and I was so proud to be a little part of it. But you know what, Rev? I didn't realize hate is never defeated. It only hides. It hides.
And given a little bit of oxygen, just a little bit of oxygen by its leaders, it comes out of there from under the rock like it was happening again because it never went away.
And so, folks, we can't, we must not give hate a safe harbor. As I said in my address to the joint session of Congress, according to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today, not ISIS, not Al Qaeda, white supremacists.
That's not me. That's the intelligence community under both Trump and under my administration. Two weeks ago I signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which the House had passed and the Senate. My administration will soon lay out our broader strategy to counter domestic terrorism and the violence driven by the most heinous hate crimes and other forms of vigor--of bigotry.