Black Leaders Are Furious With Elizabeth Warren

By NTK Staff | 10.16.2017 @11:45am
Black Leaders Are Furious With Elizabeth Warren

“I’m very disappointed in her. As far as I’m concerned, she’s just like the rest of them — the ones who say they’re going to do so much for our community and don't."

Announcing her support for the reelection of Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) walked into a political minefield.

Black community leaders are reportedly furious with Warren over her decision to back the heavily-favored Walsh instead of City Councilor Tito Jackson, a loyal Warren ally who previously campaigned on her behalf.

“It’s a bit of a surprise that the senator would enter into the contest at this stage of the game. The high road would have been to stay neutral,” said Darnell Williams of the Roxbury-based Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. “The black community will be somewhat reflective because the senator is going to be running for re-election. And some people may say, ‘When we needed you, you weren’t there.’ ”

Larry Ellison, president of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, added, “This is one she probably could have sat out. I don’t think he (Walsh) needed her help in this race. I’ve been getting a lot of calls from people in the communities of color and they haven’t been really happy about it.”

Priscilla Flint Banks of Dorchester’s Black Economic Justice Institute, stressing that she was voicing her own opinion, said, “I’m very disappointed in her. As far as I’m concerned, she’s just like the rest of them — the ones who say they’re going to do so much for our community and don’t.”

Jackson said he respected Warren’s decision, but was quick to note she was “wrong in this race” to back Walsh. “I don’t agree with her,” Jackson said.

Defending her decision, Warren said she “loved” Jackson, “[b]ut Marty has shown us for four years what it is that he can accomplish, and what it is going forward that he is determined to accomplish. So, I’m here with Marty.”

Boston residents head to the polls on November 7.

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