Patrisse Cullors, has sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, congratulating them on their win.
“Without the resounding support of Black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome,” Cullors wrote in a letter to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Saturday. “In short, Black people won this election.”
Cullors plans to hold Biden’s feet to the fire, saying that Black people “want to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized.”
Cullors said Black Lives Matter want to be “actively engaged” in the Biden-Harris transition team’s planning and policy work.
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.”
According to exit polls, 87 percent of Black voters chose Biden while only 12 percent went for President Donald Trump. Their votes were crucial in flipping the battleground states—Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania—that secured the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.
Despite making history by choosing the first female and Black vice president to be elected to office, it is yet to be seen if Biden can make good on campaign promises to create a police oversight board to combat police brutality, particularly against Black and minority people, within his first 100 days in the White House.