One of Biden’s most often repeated campaign promises in the 2020 election was to ‘unify’ the United States after the Black Lives Matter riots in the summer of 2020 that heightened racial tensions. Since taking office, Biden has been one of the most divisive Presidents in history, attacking reporters for asking him challenging questions and telling people who are skeptical of the vaccine that they face a ‘winter of death’. People who supported his pledge to end racial tensions and support racial minorities finally have something to be excited about with the President writing an executive order to fund ‘racial equity’ measures.
The Free Beacon Reports- The $30 million grant program, which closed applications Monday and will begin in May, will provide funds to nonprofits and local governments to help make drug use safer for addicts. Included in the grant, which is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, are funds for “smoking kits/supplies.”
HHS said the kits aim to reduce the risk of infection when smoking substances with glass pipes, which can lead to infections through cuts and sores. Applicants for the grants are prioritized if they treat a majority of “underserved communities,” including African Americans and “LGBTQ+ persons,” as established under President Joe Biden’s executive order on “advancing racial equity.”
UPDATE: Lead Stories reports – The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared none of the federal funds for harm reduction programs for drug addicts can be used to provide crack pipes. While a description of the HHS grants stated that the grantees would be required to buy materials like safe smoking kits and supplies to “enhance harm reduction efforts,” such kits and supplies are just a few of the many materials that grantees can utilize. The content of such kits was not described in guidelines for the yet-to-be-distributed grants, but Secretary Xavier Becerra issued a statement February 9, 2022 ruling out any use of funds for crack pipes.
Over 100,000 people died in 2021 from drug overdoses. Advocates for drug addicts have said that drug use is one of the leading causes of homelessness in the United States. Law enforcement and leaders in African-American communities have said that focusing on drug prevention rather than enabling drug use is the best way to prevent overdose deaths and drug-related crime.