Elizabeth Warren is trying to dig herself out from the hole she created with her false claim to be Native American for employment purposes and her inept 6-year long cover-up.

In particular. Warren’s October 2018 rollout of her DNA test is almost uniformly viewed as a strategic error that has seriously damaged her presidential prospects.

On December 14, 2018, Warren gave the Commencement speech at Morgan State University, a historically black college. Warren used the occasion as an outreach to blacks, declaring her solidarity even though she herself was “not a person of color.”

Here the key passage from the prepared text:

Sure, there’s a lot more going on-educational disparities, a broken criminal justice, access to credit. I picked just one example-housing-but as a country, we need to stop pretending that the same doors open for everyone. Because they don’t.

I’m not a person of color. And I haven’t lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin. Rules matter, and our government-not just individuals within the government, but the government itself-has systematically discriminated against Black people in this country.

Ultimately subprime mortgages spread far beyond communities of color, and it eventually wrecked our economy.

During the crash of 2008, millions of people-black, white, Latino and Asian-lost their homes. Millions lost their jobs. Millions lost their savings-millions, tens of millions, but not the people at the top. The bank CEOs just kept raking in the money.

Two sets of rules: one for the wealthy and the well-connected. And one for everybody else. Two sets of rules: one for white families. And one for everybody else.

That’s how a rigged system works. And that’s what we need to change.

The speech was widely scorned, in part because Warren has been touted as a woman of color for over 25 years, based on her false claim to be Native American. We documented this history in Elizabeth Warren finally admits she’s “not a person of color”.

But nowhere was the scorn more severe than in a radio segment on WGBH, Boston Public Radio. You can listen to the audio here (no embed code available).

The interview was with two black pastors, Reverend Emmett Price III and Reverend Irene Monroe., or are weekly guests on the All Revved Up program.

I haven’t found a full transcript, but in its writeup, WGBH reported on these comments by the two guests, All Revved Up: Elizabeth Warren Had The Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Wrong Message:

… “I’m not a person of color,” Warren said during the speech. “And I haven’t lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin. Rules matter, and our government — not just individuals within the government, but the government itself — has systematically discriminated against black people in this country.”

But was she the wrong voice to speak that message?

“Wrong audience, wrong time, wrong way, wrong matter,” Reverend Emmett Price III said in an interview with Boston Public Radio Monday. “You don’t go to an HBCU in the height of a [racial] crises … and try to come off as the great Intellect.”

Price and Reverend Irene Monroe joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio for their weekly All Revved Up segment to discuss Warren’s speech.

“She’s an opportunist,” Monroe said. “She’s pimping, and this is how she’s pimping: She’s using a black optic to subvert attention away from how she really botched the Native American narrative.”

Later in the interview Monroe said Warren should just apologize.

Brutal.

 
 
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