Congressman Al Green Attends Inauguration, Calls for Reconciliation

Jan 20, 2021

(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Congressman Al Green attended the inauguration and released the following statement, calling for reconciliation:

“The inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden symbolizes more than our typical quadrennial transference of power; it represents the end of a shameful, incitive presidency that brought harm to our nation as well as the beginning of a pivotal opportunity for our nation to build back better,” stated Congressman Al Green. “As we celebrate President Biden’s inauguration and the historic swearing-in of the first woman of color Vice President of the United States – Kamala D. Harris, we must utilize this seminal moment in America’s history to commit to reconciliation.”

Congressman Green added, “On the heels of the January 6 Capitol insurrection and the second impeachment of a president who incited hate to divide us, we must rely on hope to unite us in our quest to make real the American ideal of ‘liberty and justice for all.’ We cannot return to a status quo ante, wherein marginalized communities quietly suffer the injustices of institutionalized, invidious discrimination. We cannot simply bury the past. We must nationalize a ‘build back better’ response to defeat hate. It is essential that – under the Biden administration – we, the people of goodwill, unite in pursuit of advancement toward ‘a more perfect union,’ in the areas of social justice, health care, immigration, voting rights, criminal justice reform, and economic equity.”

“We must do now what we should have done at the end of the Civil War – a time of great infamy in U.S. history, incited by seditious behavior; we must reconcile. This is why I propose a Cabinet-level Department of Reconciliation charged with eliminating racism and invidious discrimination, and I stand ready to work with the Biden administration to make it a reality."