Joe Biden addresses the killing of George Floyd, calling racism an ‘open wound’ in the U.S.

Biden called on white people to imagine if “every time your husband or son, wife or daughter, you feared for their safety from bad actors and bad police. Imagine if you had to have that talk with your child about not asserting your rights, taking the abuse handed out to them so—so, just so—they could make it home.” Black people, he reminded viewers, “don’t have to imagine it. The anger and the frustration and the exhaustion—it’s undeniable.”

“That’s not the promise of America. It’s long past time that we made the promise of this nation real for all people,” Biden continued, calling for “real leadership that will bring everyone to the table so we can take measures to root out systemic racism.”

Biden went on to call for “real police reform that holds cops to a higher standard that so many of them actually meet—that holds bad cops accountable.”

Biden later returned to the acknowledgement that “the promise of America” is not real for everyone, saying “We’ve got to make real the promise of America, which we’ve never fully grasped, that all men and women are equal, not only at creation but throughout their lives.” He closed with a promise to George Floyd’s family, with whom he’d spoken, that “we’ll do everything in our power to see to it that justice is had in your brother, your cousin’s case.”