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Biden: George Floyd's Killing Has Larger Worldwide Impact Than MLK's

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People in London attend a Black Lives Matter protest on June 12. (TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 12 June 2020 01:10 PM

Former Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the killing of George Floyd made more of a "worldwide impact" than the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., The New York Times reports.

Floyd's death while he was in police custody on May 25 sparked widespread protests and demonstrations against racial injustice and for police reform, not just in America but around the world. Earlier this week, The Atlantic compiled a series of photographs capturing protests in Germany, Australia, South Korea, Brazil, Kenya, and many other nations.

"Even Dr. King's assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd's death did," Biden said during a roundtable discussion in Philadelphia, adding that "television changed the civil rights movement for the better," and that smartphones have "changed the way everybody's looking at this."

He said, "Look at the millions of people marching around the world. So my point is that I think people are really realizing that this is a battle for the soul of America. Who are we? What do we want to be? How do we see ourselves? What do we think we should be? Character is on the ballot here."

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the killing of George Floyd made more of a "worldwide impact" than the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
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