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Biden shares Fourth of July message focusing on racism: 'We have a chance to live up to the words that founded this nation'

Added 07-04-20 10:57:02am EST - “Former Vice President Joe Biden made race a central theme of his July 4 message as the country grapples with widespread unrest over systemic racism and police brutality.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Biden shares Fourth of July message focusing on racism: 'We have a chance to live up to the words that founded this nation'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE made race a central theme of his July 4 message as the country grapples with widespread unrest over systemic racism and police brutality.

Speaking to the camera interspersed with video of past civil rights struggles, Biden said the country has not lived up to its creed – noting centuries of racism, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the killing of George Floyd in May – but that the U.S. is primed for a change. 

“Our country was founded on an idea: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ We’ve never lived up to it. Jefferson himself didn’t – he held slaves, women were excluded. But once proposed, it was an idea that couldn’t be restrained,” he said. “Through it all, these words have gnawed at our conscience and pulled us towards justice.

“We have a chance to rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country,” Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee, added. “We have a chance to live up to the words that founded this nation.”

Our nation was founded on a simple idea: We're all created equal. We've never lived up to it — but we've never stopped trying. This Independence Day, let's not just celebrate those words, let's commit to finally fulfill them. Happy #FourthOfJuly! pic.twitter.com/1WrATlx8Xl

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