America has not made enough progress in the fight for racial equality, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Sunday in an address at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, The Huffington Post
And fighting economic inequality alone won't solve the problem, she said.
"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," HuffPo quoted Warren's prepared remarks
Civil rights laws of the 1960's made "powerful declarations," she said: "Black citizens matter. Black families matter."
Black citizens still face injustice in police violence, voting restrictions and economic inequality, she said.
When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led hundreds of thousands of people to march on Washington, "he talked about an end to violence, access to voting and economic opportunity," Warren said. "As Dr. King once wrote, 'the inseparable twin of racial injustice was economic injustice.'"
She cited the recent deaths of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and Freddie Gray and what she called the unfair practices of police working protests after those deaths.
"This is America, not a war zone, and policing practices in all cities, not just some, need to reflect that," she said.
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