In her quest to win the Black vote, Sen. Elizabeth Warren picked the right time, the right subjects and the right place to throw her support to reparations and several other significant issues.
During a town hall broadcast Monday from Jackson, Mississippi, after prior appearances in the Delta, Warren steeped her campaign in support of reparations for African-Americans who endured the brutal system of slavery and subsequent Jim Crow repression.
“America was founded on principles of liberty and freedom and on the backs of slave labor,” she told an attentive audience. “This is a stain on America and we’re not going to fix that, we’re not going to change that until we address it head on, directly.”
The senator from Massachusetts explicitly voiced her support for HR 40, a bill introduced years ago by former Rep. John Conyers. She said it was necessary to renew the discussion on reparations if the country is to begin the healing process from the ill-effects of slavery and discrimination.
Warren, 69, received an equally large applause when she called for the elimination of the Electoral College, which had denied presidential victories for Al Gore and Hillary Clinton. “My view,” she said, “is that every vote matters, and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”
A rollback of restrictive voting laws was also stressed in her speech as well as a demand for a constitutional amendment to protect every citizen’s right to vote.
She aroused listeners further with her charge that Mississippi should replace its state flag, one that depicts a Confederate image. And she called for the removal of statutes that commemorate leaders of the Confederate states.
Since she embarked on her presidential campaign, Warren has worked hard to separate herself from the Democratic pack, which seems to grow by the week. There was also the DNA issue provoked by Trump which has been a thorn in her side. On this issue, she told the crowd, “I learned about my family from my family. That’s just kind of who I am, and I do my best I can with it.”
But her racial identity, for the most part, has been shelved and folks seem more interested on where she stands on more pertinent issues, and she clearly put her finger on the pulse of things in Mississippi as she moves on to other parts of the country.