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Biden To Meet With George Floyd’s Family Ahead Of Houston Funeral

Former Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to George Floyd in his keynote speech to the Texas Democratic Convention on Saturday

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Joe Biden in a pre-taped speech to the 2020 Texas Democratic Convention

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will be in Houston Monday to meet with George Floyd's family ahead of his funeral.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee paid tribute to Floyd Saturday in his Texas Democratic Convention keynote speech.

Biden said he wished Texas Democrats could be meeting under other circumstances. But now, "I can't breathe," Floyd's final words, are echoing in everyone's ears.

"It’s time for all of us to take a hard look at the uncomfortable truth," Biden said, "It’s time for us to face the deep open wound of systemic racism in the nation. Nothing about this is going to be easy or comfortable, but if we simply allow this wound to scab over once more without treating the underlying injury, we'll never truly heal. As I said from the beginning: the very soul of this nation is at stake."

Floyd's public viewing takes place Monday at The Fountain of Praise church in Southwest Houston, followed by a private funeral service and burial on Tuesday.

Biden will not attend the funeral itself, out of concern his Secret Service detail would create a disruption. However, he will record a video message to be played at the service.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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