Biden’s emotional speech came before the arrest of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was later charged with Floyd’s murder. Before the speech, the candidate spoke with Floyd’s family.
Biden said that Floyd is the latest victim of America’s racist history, and mentioned Eric Garner, who like Floyd also cried out, “I can’t breathe,” while he was being killed by police in 2014.
“They’re the latest additions to the endless list of stolen potential, wiped out unnecessarily. It’s a list that dates back more than 400 years; black men, black women, black children, the original sin