- The Washington Times - Friday, June 12, 2020

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph Biden declared Thursday that the police-custody death of George Floyd has had more of an impact around the globe than the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did in 1968.

“Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did,” the former vice president said during an economic roundtable in Philadelphia.

Mr. Biden credited the prevalence of cellphones in today’s culture that allows people around the world to document police interactions like in the case of Floyd, whose May 25 death has sparked worldwide protests and violence.

“It’s just like television changed the civil rights movement for the better when they saw Bull Connor and his dogs ripping the clothes off of elderly black women going to church and fire hoses ripping the skin off of young kids,” Mr. Biden said.

“What happened to George Floyd — now you got how many people around the country, millions of cellphones,” he continued. “It’s changed the way everybody’s looking at this. Look at the millions of people marching around the world. The world.

“I think people are really realizing that is a battle for the soul of America,” he added. “Who are we? What do we want to be? How do we see ourselves? What do we think we should be?”

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