Biden attracts backlash from Black community over George Floyd, MLK comparison

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US President Joe Biden is currently receiving severe backlash from the African-American community over a comparison of late civil rights advocate, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to George Floyd.

Floyd was a convicted felon who was killed when a police officer, Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during a supposed arrest on May 25, 2020.

Biden had said that Floyd’s killing had a more profound global impact than the assassination of MLK, as the revered rights advocate is affectionately known.

The comment was made in June 2020, when then-presidential candidate Biden spoke in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, weeks after Floyd’s death.

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Biden, who spoke at an economic reopening roundtable, was explaining how smartphones have mobilised people all over the world to participate in the movement against police brutality.

“Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did,” Biden said.

“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 firehoses ripping the skin off of young kids.”

He added, “What happened to George Floyd โ€” now you got how many people around the country, millions of cell phones.

“It’s changed the way everybody’s looking at this. Look at the millions of people marching around the world.”

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The video of that event is currently recirculating, ahead of MLK Day, drawing renewed criticism of the president.

An African-American man that shared the video on Twitter, @DosRivers said he would buy a MAGA hat, which is synonymous with former President Donald Trump.

More reactions soon followed:

 

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