Biden Says a Black Man, Not Edison, Invented the Light Bulb

Biden Says a Black Man, Not Edison, Invented the Light Bulb

(RightWing.org) – Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden is well known for his rambling speeches and frequent gaffes. Even so, his comments in Kenosha, WI, on Thursday, September 3, must have raised a few eyebrows.

While talking about how history is taught in schools, Biden made the bizarre claim that “A black man invented the light bulb, not a White guy named Edison.”

In fact, Thomas Alva Edison didn’t “invent” the light bulb. The basic idea was first tested in 1761 by a pastor from Philadelphia, PA. Sir Humphrey Davy, an Englishman, demonstrated a working electric light in 1802, and James Bowman Lindsay, a Scotsman, showed an improved one in 1835. What Edison did in 1879 was file the first US patent for a practical light bulb, based on his own research and the work of Sir Joseph Swan, an English physicist.

Edison and all his predecessors were white. This isn’t important, of course; light bulbs would be no more or less useful if they’d been developed by a black man. But they weren’t – so why is Joe Biden telling people they were?

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