- Joe Biden is supporting peaceful protests.
- Trump has done little to quell the demonstrator’s anger.
- The authorities have announced curfews in major American cities.
Some members of the Joe Biden presidential campaign have contributed to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. At least 13 members of staff have posted receipts of their contributions on Twitter. The non-profit organization helps to pay bail for incarcerated community members that are unable to raise the money.
The group has been especially vocal in recent days following the rise of protests against police brutality. Over 1,300 protesters have been arrested in the past few days as the authorities scramble to maintain security.
They have announced curfews in Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, Columbus,Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Miami Dade County. The directives have, however, been ignored by the protesters.
The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has heightened tensions across the country between African Americans and the police, who have been accused of targeted brutality against black people.
The Joe Biden campaign is likely to try and win the hearts and minds of those seeking justice, especially now that the Trump administration is doing little to quell the rage triggered by the George Floyd incident.
Although the president has expressed his condolences to Floyd’s family, he has also called upon the authorities to shoot. The message does not seem to be in solidarity with those mourning Floyd’s deaths and decrying violence against blacks.
The president is said to have spoken to Floyd’s brother, but according to Philonise Floyd, the call was very brief, and the president did not let him talk.”He didn’t give me an opportunity to even speak. It was hard. I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept, like, pushing me off, like ‘I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about,'” he said while speaking to Al Sharpton on MSNBC.
Trump did not fare well in the polls last year among members of the African American community. Only about 8 percent voted for him. The number is set to be much lower in this year’s elections.
Biden is positioning himself as a voice for marginalized groups across the country. He is likely to get the backing of former president Barack Obama, who is able to draw the African American crowd. Obama has already issued a statement condemning police brutality against blacks:
“It falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station – including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day – to work together to create a new normal in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”
Biden has asked the demonstrators to protest peacefully and not cause destruction of property as this overshadows the agenda:
“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.”