Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden raised eyebrows after he said that a black man invented the light bulb and not Thomas Alva Edison.
In a bid to woo the African American voters ahead of the US presidential elections, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden raised eyebrows saying that a black man invented the light bulb and not a “white man” named Edison.
Speaking at Grace Lutheran Church said, “we don’t teach history in history classes.”
“People fear that’s, which, that which is different. We gotta, for example, why in God’s name don’t we teach history in history classes? A black guy invented the light bulb, not a white guy named Edison,” he said.
“A black man invented the light bulb, not a white guy named Tom Edison” — Biden just now.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 3, 2020
‘Black man invented the light bulb & not white man Edison’
He further told the residents of Kenosha, Wisconsin, after a private session with Blake and his family that he could help Americans confront centuries of systemic racism.
Reacting to Biden’s statements, netizens shared their views with writer Raymond Arroyo saying, “Fact Check: Thomas Edison did indeed invent the light bulb. Lewis Latimer (the black man Biden likely in mind?) created a filament that allowed bulbs to burn longer.”
Another user wrote, “A black man invented the light bulb, not a white guy named Edison, okay? The black man, Lewis Latimer, has a name, not that Biden knows that. He created an improved filament, he didn’t invent the bulb. He’s just fuel to create more racial divisions.”
While Biden spent more than an hour with the Blake family, President Trump didn’t mention Blake during his own trip to Kenosha on Tuesday.
Who is Lewis Latimer?
Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Lewis Latimer was the son of former slaves. He played a critical role in the development of the telephone, and significantly improved the production of the incandescent light bulb by inventing the carbon filament.
Latimer’s intention of producing a more durable carbon filament made incandescent lighting more affordable for consumers.
From Alexander Graham Bell, Hiram S. Maxim, to Thomas Alva Edison, Latimer worked with some of the greatest scientific inventors in American history.