Biden signs executive order to investigate systemic racism in government

President Biden signed an executive order on Thursday to address racial inequality and systemic racism. The Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government order looks into racism in current government structures in hopes of increasing access to government programs for marginalized communities, reports The Associated Press.

The order also requires federal agencies to investigate any inequities in their programs as well as be proactive in community engagement. The goal is "to put equity at the center of how this government operates," according to the president's deputy assistant for racial justice and equity Chiraag Bains. The order "is a recognition that achieving equity is not a one- or a two-year project. It's a generational commitment," he adds.

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