When Joe Biden was a presidential candidate in 2020, Beaman welcomed him to Bethel AME Church in Wilmington in the wake of demonstrations that occurred after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer. Biden decried racism at a meeting with Black leaders at the church.
Footage of that meeting, including Biden kneeling in the Black church’s sanctuary in front of Beaman and other leaders, was later used in an ad by Donald Trump’s campaign that included a slide that read “Stop Joe Biden and his rioters.”
Beaman told Religion News Service at the time that the ad was “overtly racist and offensive.” He and several AME Church denominational leaders signed a letter demanding the Trump campaign remove the ad and apologize for it.
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