If you watched the third night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, you might have seen Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren promoting Black Lives Matter in the most subtle way without even uttering the phrase.
As Warren spoke from an early childhood education center in Springfield, Mass., viewers saw children’s red, yellow and blue block letters in the background atop three cubbies. Those letters spelled out "BLM," a nod of support to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to several media reports. The move comes while BLM protests continue to draw attention to systemic racism nationwide after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
During her speech, Warren addressed what a tough year it has been but said Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden has a plan, she said, that includes “making the wealthy pay their fair share, holding corporations accountable, repairing racial inequities, and fighting corruption in Washington.”
Warren pushed the need for universal preschool and affordable childcare – one of her key platforms when she campaigned for the nomination during the primaries – and stressed that this will be done once childcare is considered a vital service that enables parents to work.
“We build infrastructures like roads, bridges and communications systems so that people can work. That infrastructure helps us all because it keeps our economy going.” Warren said. “It’s time to recognize that childcare is part of the basic infrastructure of this nation. It’s infrastructure for families.”
“Joe and Kamala will make childcare affordable for everyone,” she added.
Warren then went in on Donald Trump for failing to lead as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. More than 170,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the breakout, according to the Wall Street Journal..
“COVID-19 was Trump’s biggest test. He failed miserably,” Warren said during Day 3 of the DNC. “Millions out of work. Millions more trapped in cycles of poverty. Millions on the brink of losing their homes. Millions of restaurants and stores hanging by a thread.”
“This crisis is bad — and didn’t have to be this way,” Warren said. “This crisis is on Donald Trump and the Republicans who enable him. On Nov. 3, we hold them all accountable.”
Although Americans have experienced “one gut punch after another” under the Trump leadership, Warren said we are tough and have a lot for which to fight.
“We stay in this fight so that when our children and our grandchildren ask what we did during this dark chapter in our nation’s history, we will be able to look them squarely in the eye and say: We organized, we persisted, and we changed America,” Warren said.
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