Biden claims black man, not ‘white guy named Edison,’ invented light bulb

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Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed during a community meeting in Wisconsin on Thursday that a black man invented the light bulb, not “a white guy named Edison.” Biden made the remarks in the context of calling for a reckoning on racism and urging America to confront its “original sin—slavery—and all the vestiges of it.” He then suggested that historical accounts have been falsified out of racist motives. Historical records show that while Thomas Edison is universally credited with inventing the light bulb, a black inventor by the name of Lewis Latimer improved on Edison’s invention and helped make it available more widely.