Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is doing damage control after stating incorrectly that a black man, rather than Thomas Edison, invented the light bulb.
H/T: Just The News
The presidential hopeful make the claim while speaking Thursday with local community leaders after meeting with the family of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black American who was late last month.
Biden's eyebrow-raising claim came as he accused schools of teaching inaccurate history.
“People fear that which is different. We've got to, for example, why in God's name don't we teach history in history classes? A Black man invented the light bulb, not a White guy named Edison,” Biden said. “There's so much — did anybody know before what recently happened that Black Wall Street in Oklahoma was burned to the ground. Anybody know these things? Because we don't teach them. We've got to give people facts.”
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Video: pic.twitter.com/GePbtYuQId— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 3, 2020
I'll say it again, this is what happens if we give up our rights in the name of "safety". Does this look safe to you? https://t.co/qC5qXEeQKk— girl with good opinions (@LiminalLocation) September 5, 2020
You have got to be flipping kidding me, this is a man who you want to run our #Freecountry & claims to be an #American but doesn't know our history?? #Bidenharrisareclowns— CrystalRae (@CrystalR95123) September 5, 2020
Biden Claims 'A Black Man Invented the Light Bulb' During Kenosha Town Hall https://t.co/tWP5nLnXMF
#JoeBiden claimed during a community meeting in #Wisconsin that a black man invented the light bulb, not “a white guy named Edison.”— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) September 6, 2020
He then suggested that historical accounts have been falsified out of #Racist motives. https://t.co/kbePfIg1Gg
Biden’s Claim “A Black man invented the lightbulb” Not Edison Debunked by Fact Checks— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) September 5, 2020
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He is kind of correct in that Edison did not "invent" the light bulb. He did solve the problems with economic and longer lighting time materials being used— Trying2Survive2020DumpterFire (@isthis4real78) September 5, 2020
New York Post : Joe Biden's Kenosha town hall marred by eyebrow-raising statements.https://t.co/ofDXDIwVgY