- The Washington Times - Friday, December 14, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren acknowledged she is “not a person of color” during a commencement speech at a historically black university on Friday.

“As a country, we need to stop pretending that the same doors open for everyone, because they don’t,” the Massachusetts Democrat said at Morgan State University in Baltimore, The Washington Post reported.

“I’m not a person of color,” she said. “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.”

Mrs. Warren decried what she described as systemic racism within the federal government, specifically during the financial crisis of 2008.

“Rules matter, and our government — not just individuals within the government, but the government itself — has systematically discriminated against black people in this country,” she said, according to The Post.

“Millions of people — black, white, Latino, Asian — lost their homes. Millions lost their jobs. Millions lost their savings — millions, tens of millions, but not the people at the top,” she continued.

“The bank CEOs just kept raking in the money,” she said. “Two sets of rules: one for the wealthy and well-connected. And one for everybody else. Two sets of rules: one for white families. And one for everybody else.”

Mrs. Warren’s speech comes as she tries to regain her momentum toward a potential 2020 presidential run after she faced widespread backlash in October when her effort to validate her claims of Native American ancestry by revealing the results of a DNA test backfired. While Mrs. Warren has repeatedly identified herself as Cherokee, the DNA test revealed she is only between 0.09 percent and 1.5 percent Native American, which is less than the average American white person.

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