One of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Cullors, has sent a request to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris for a meeting with the duo, congratulating them on the apparent victory in the 2020 election.
Cullors called for a meeting with Biden and Harris to "discuss the expectations that we have for your administration and the commitments that must be made to Black people."
Noting that Back people had played a vital role in assisting the election outcome, Cullors called on the pair to make a "well-thought-out, community-driven, fully resourced agenda that addresses the particular challenges faced by Black people" a top priority.
"Congratulations on your election to the Presidency and Vice-Presidency of the United States," Cullors wrote in the letter, which was provided to Newsweek. "Like so many, we are relieved that the Trump era in government is coming to a close."
Cullors continued that Black Lives Matter is seeking to be “actively engaged” in a Biden-Harris transition team’s planning and policy work.
"Without the resounding support of Black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome," Cullors stated. "In short, Black people won this election."
She added: "Alongside Black-led organizations around the nation, Black Lives Matter invested heavily in this election... We want something for our vote. We want to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized."
In her letter, Cullors stated that Black people are "the most consistent and reliable voters for Democrats" and are "truly living in crisis in a nation that was built on our subjugation."
She added: "Up until this point, the United States has refused to directly reckon with the way that it devalues Black people and devastates our lives. This cannot continue.
"Black people can neither afford to live through the vitriol of a Trump-like Presidency nor through the indifference of a Democrat-controlled government that refuses to wrestle with its most egregious and damnable shame."
Cullors also noted that both Biden and Harris had previously discussed addressing systemic racism as major talking points in their election campaigns, and had also expressed regrets about their infamous records on issues negatively impacting the Black community.
During Biden and Harris’ victory speeches on Saturday night, the pair acknowledged and thanked the Black community.