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Published On: Tue, Sep 29th, 2015

Elizabeth Warren praises Black Lives Matter, revisits allegations of racism, police shootings

In a Sunday speech on racial inequality, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for broad policing reform, de-escalation training and body cameras for all police officers. She compared the current Black Lives Matter movement to the civil rights movement that won black Americans the right to vote in the 1960s.

“None of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets.” Warren said. “This is the reality all of us must confront, as uncomfortable and ugly as that reality may be. It comes to us to once again affirm that black lives matter, that black citizens matter, that black families matter.”

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Warren repeatedly drew parallels between the civil rights movement and the current anti-police-brutality movement, and linked issues on economic inequality with systemic racism.

“Economic justice is not — and has never been — sufficient to ensure racial justice. Owning a home won’t stop someone from burning a cross on the front lawn. Admission to a school won’t prevent a beating on the sidewalk outside,” Warren declared. “The tools of oppression were woven together, and the civil rights struggle was fought against that oppression wherever it was found — against violence, against the denial of voting rights and against economic injustice.”

Warren’s address was delivered at the Edward Kennedy Institute in Boston.

“It is a tragedy when any American cannot trust those who have sworn to protect and serve,” Warren said. “This pervasive and persistent distrust isn’t based on myths. It is grounded in the reality of unjustified violence.”

“We’ve seen sickening videos of unarmed, black Americans cut down by bullets, choked to death while gasping for air — their lives ended by those who are sworn to protect them. Peaceful, unarmed protesters have been beaten. Journalists have been jailed. And, in some cities, white vigilantes with weapons freely walk the streets,” Warren said. “And it’s not just about law enforcement either. Just look to the terrorism this summer at Emanuel AME Church [in Charleston, S.C.]. We must be honest: 50 years after John Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out, violence against African Americans has not disappeared.”

Read her speech on racial inequality by clicking the link.

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