Biden was careful NOT to directly mention Donald Trump for his offensive remarks….
Joe Biden has spoken to the Floyd family….
Donald Trump has not….
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that the death in Minnesota of a black man who had been detained by police exposed racial injustice that “none of us can turn away” from, urging Americans to treat the volatile national moment as a turning point for race relations in the U.S.
Biden said Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer detained him and knelt on his neck for several minutes, was denied basic “human” and “civil rights.” Floyd was motionless after the officer’s actions, then was carried away on a gurney and pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Biden compared the death to those of Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery — black Americans whose deaths sparked similar cries of injustice. Biden asked viewers to imagine fearing for their family’s safety “from bad actors and bad police” or having to “talk with your child about not asserting their rights.”
“It’s a list that dates back more than 400 years: black men, black women, black children. The original sin of this country still stains our nation today,” Biden said. “And sometimes we manage to overlook it. We just push forward with 1,000 other tasks in our daily life, but it’s always there. Weeks like this, we see it plainly that we’re a country with an open wound. None of us can turn away, none of us can be silent. None of us can any longer, can we hear the words, ‘I can’t breathe’ and do nothing.”
While Biden’s speech mainly focused on Floyd’s death, Biden added that it is “no time for incendiary tweets. It’s no time to encourage violence,” an implicit criticism of President Donald Trump.
“This is a national crisis and we need real leadership right now,” Biden said. “Leadership that will bring everyone to the table so we can take measures to root out systemic racism. It’s time for us to take a hard look at the uncomfortable truth.”….