Warren: Racism prevents economic fairness for all Americans

Warren: Racism prevents economic fairness for all Americans
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFederal court rules consumer bureau structure unconstitutional Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix MORE (D-Mass.) on Monday warned that racism stymies economic progress by blocking a fairer system that benefits all workers, The Associated Press reported.

“So long as we stay divided, this economy will continue to work for the thin slice at the top,” Warren said at Martin Luther King Jr.’s church on the 54th anniversary of his famous "I have a dream" speech. 

During a Q&A session with the slain civil rights leader’s youngest child, Bernice King, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Warren decried the widening income gaps that largely affect nonwhite workers.

The Democratic senator, who is rumored to be a possible 2020 presidential candidate, said hate can be confronted by seeing “something holy in every single person.”

When King brought up commands from Jesus that say one must "do good to those who hate you," Warren says that does not mean you allow others to spew hate without taking a stand.

"It's not a scripture that says just lay back and let hate roll on through," she reportedly said. "It's a scripture that says act. ... Raise your voice, not in anger, but make your voice heard for what is right and what is holy."

Warren said Democrats were able to make their voices heard when they fought against the Trump administration and many Republican lawmakers as they sought to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Her appearance comes after demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., took a violent and deadly turn earlier in the month, as white nationalist groups and counterprotesters clashed on the streets of the college town during a white supremacist rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.