Notes on: Elizabeth Warren's speech at the Getting to the Point series at the Edward M. Kennedy Center
October 13, 2015
“(W)e should not hate but love one another. We should use our powers not to create conditions of oppression that lead to violence, but conditions of freedom that lead to peace.”- Ted Kennedy
-Policies and tools of oppression show that the state stands with those who use violence.
“Black lives matter, black citizens matter, black families matter.”
-50 years after the civil rights movement, violence against blacks have not disappeared.
*voting rights- disenfranchisement in prisons that disproportionally jail black citizens
-90% of America sees no real wage growth
“I speak today with full knowledge that I have not personally experienced and can never truly understand the fear, the oppression, and the pain that confronts African Americans everyday, but none of us can ignore whats happening in our country, not when our black friends, family, and neighbors literally fear dying in the streets”
-Policing must be a community endeavor- EVERYWHERE in this country.
-Police should look like and come from the communities they serve. “Police are not occupying armies”
“This is America, not a war zone and policy practices in all cities, not just some need to reflect that reality.”
Ted Kennedy- “This is not a political issue. Its a moral issue to be resolved through political means.”