Elizabeth Warren Just Gave The Speech Black Lives Matter Wanted To Hear (VIDEO)

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Finally, a politician gets it right on social justice and police reform, and of course it’s Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Sunday afternoon while the Senator spoke at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, she talked about real, meaningful types of reform in policy that we can do in government to help curb the insane and unreasonable attacks by police on people of color. Warren said:

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

Warren’s strategy goes beyond body cameras but also includes “de-escalation” training where cops are taught how to not effing shoot people first and ask questions later, but rather take an approach that is more about calming and stabilizing the situation. Genius idea for police who seem to have a problem calming themselves and instead fire a gun to de-escalate the situation. Warren continued:

“None of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets. 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.”

Warren drew parallels between the Black Lives Matter movement and the Civil Rights movement that won black Americans the right to vote, actually enforced integration in schools, ensured housing and hiring fairness, and much more in the 1950s and 1960s. She quoted from the late Senator Ted Kennedy:

“We should use our powers not to create conditions of oppression that lead to violence, but conditions of freedom that lead to peace.”

Warren issued a rallying cry for activists to continue the fight, but she also slightly snubbed Sen. Bernie Sanders a little when she reminded everyone that economic justice wasn’t enough when addressing these issues. Sanders famously encountered BLM protesters in Phoenix and again in Seattle, where he tried to turn the questions back to the message of his campaign—that of economic equality. He’s since put out a full plan and commentary around racial justice on his campaign site and hired members of the BLM movement to help. Warren said of the economic justice situation:

“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. 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.”

Famous activist in the BLM movement DeRay McKesson, known on twitter simply as @DeRay ,told the Washington Post that he’d like to meet Senator Warren to talk more about racial injustice:

“Senator Warren’s speech clearly and powerfully calls into question America’s commitment to black lives by highlighting the role that structural racism has played and continues to play with regard to housing discrimination and voting rights. And Warren, better than any political leader I’ve yet heard, understands the protests as a matter of life or death — that the American dream has been sustained by an intentional violence and that the uprisings have been the result of years of lived trauma.”

Elected officials aren’t talking enough about racial injustice and police brutality perpetuated against people of color. To be fair, most elected officials aren’t talking about it at all and that isn’t acceptable. Hopefully, this campaign season will bring more voices demanding answers from politicians as they’re running for Congress and the Senate. By then, they should all be talking like Senator Warren.

Warren famously addressed BLM at the progressive conference Netroots Nation this summer, which you can see below:


Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info