Former US Vice President Joe Biden says white Americans must acknowledge that “systemic racism” still exists and must be rooted out, as the country marked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday honoring the 90th birthday anniversary of the African American civil rights leader.
“The bottom line is we have a lot to root out, but most of all the systematic racism that most of us whites don’t like to acknowledge even exists,” Biden said Monday during a speech at the National Action Network in Washington, DC.
Biden said the racism is so rooted in society that it is difficult for some people to acknowledge it.
“We don’t even consciously acknowledge it. But it’s been built into every aspect of our system,” Biden added.
Biden, who served as vice president during the administration of former President Barack Obama, cited some examples of institutionalized racism in US society.
“Because when your schools are substandard, when your houses are…