(CNSNews.com) - President Joe Biden spent much of Tuesday urging the nation to focus on hatred, especially white-on-black hatred, or what he called "the stain on the soul of America."
Biden was speaking in Tulsa, Oklahoma, commemorating a violent attack by a white mob on the black community of Greenwood 100 years ago.
He drew a "line" from what happened in Tulsa way back then to hatred that "exists today still."
He also asserted that "terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today -- not ISIS, not al Qaeda -- white supremacists."
"We must address what remains of the stain on the soul of America," Biden said in his speech:
What happened in Greenwood was an act of hate and domestic terrorism with a through line that exists today still. Just close your eyes and remember what you saw in Charlottesville four years ago on television -- Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, the KKK coming out of those fields at night in Virginia with lighted torches, the veins bulging on their--as they were screaming. Remember? Just close your eyes and picture what it was.
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 [Jackson], 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.
But I'm going to close where I started. To Mother Randle, Mother Fletcher, Mr. Van Ellis, to the descendants, to all survivors, thank you. Thank you for giving me the honor of being able to spend some time with you earlier today. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your commitment. And thank your children and your grandchildren and your--and your nieces and your nephews. To see and learn from you is a gift, a genuine gift...