On Sunday, President-Elect Joe Biden said that his administration will give businesses owned by minorities priority assistance over white-owned establishments.
Biden’s transition team posted a video of him saying, “Our focus will be on small businesses on Main Street that aren’t wealthy and well-connected, that are facing real economic hardships through not fault of their own.”
He continued, “Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.”
“But we’re going to make a concerted effort to help small businesses in low-income communities in big cities, small towns, rural communities that have faced systemic barriers to relief,” Biden added.
“Think of the mom and pop owner with a couple of employees who can’t pick up the phone and call a banker, who doesn’t have a lawyer, an accountant, to help them through this complicated process to know if they’re even qualified or who simply didn’t know where this relief is available in the first place,” he also said.
Biden’s statements brought in a lot of criticism on social media.
Jon Gabriel, @exjon, said on Twitter, “Can we please just help Americans without further dividing us into competing subgroups?”
Another user, Matt Walsh @MattWalshBlog, wrote, “If you’re wondering what systemic racial discrimination actually looks like, the Harris Administration is about to give you a tutorial.”
Biden also said that his administration will make “real efforts” to help communities that “have faced systemic barriers to relief.”