"We are in a battle for the soul of America," Joe Biden said Sunday at a ceremony commemorating the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.
The former vice president spoke at the 56th anniversary of the bombing where four young black girls were killed by members of a local KKK chapter.
"The domestic terrorism of white supremacy has been the antagonist of our highest ideals from before our founding," Biden said.
"The same poisonous ideology that lit the fuse at 16th Street pulled the trigger in Mother Emanuel, unleashed the anti-Semitic massacre in Pittsburgh and Poway, and saw a white supremacist gun down innocent Latino immigrants in an El Paso parking lot with military-grade weapons declaring it would stop a quote ‘Hispanic invasion of Texas,'" he said.
Watch Biden's full speech, via Bloomberg:
On the 56th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed 4 little black girls and marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke about the specter of white supremacy, racial violence, and reconciliation.