President Biden at a movie released told the class of 2021 they're graduating at an"inflection point" in history and clarified systemic racism as among"the great crises of our time."
In the comments, tweeted under his @POTUS speech, Biden explained that shortly after he graduated, his generation faced an inflection point -- with the Vietnam War dividing the nation and great struggles for civil rights, women's rights and environmental rights.
"And you now confront yet another inflection point," he said. "As we place this pandemic behind usrebuild our economy, root out systemic racism and tackle climate change, we're addressing the great disasters of our time using a higher sense of purpose than ever before.
"And for you, your generation, I have never been more optimistic about the future than I am today," he added.
Biden has highlighted his belief in systemic racism in earlier times whilst also saying he believes that many Americans themselves are not racist.
"No, I do not believe the American people are racist, but I think after 400 years, African-Americans are abandoned in a position where they are so far behind the eight-ball concerning education, health, in terms of opportunity," Biden said in April.
The description of this current moment as an inflection point was a regular motif for Biden. We're in a substantial inflection point," because he spotlighted"tumultuous nations" such as China and Russia as a top challenge confronting the U.S.
He stressed his optimism from his address on Saturday as he explained the graduates as representing"among the most gifted and talented and well-educated generation in American history."
"And you are likely to see more change in the next 10 years than we saw from the previous 50 years -- but it is going to be up to you to interpret that unprecedented shift into a larger measure of pleasure and prosperity not just for you and our country but for the entire world around you, and that I know you will."