In my first essay for The Atlantic, I give advice to Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren about how to turn the controversy surrounding her campaign into an advantage — seizing this important opportunity to talk about race, class and opportunity in America. Here’s an excerpt:
I am proud of my family and to align myself with the economic and political struggles of people of color which, I believe, represents the very best of what our nation stands for — the enduring principle, and still elusive promise, that all of us are created equal and that race, gender or economic status should never unfairly prejudice our pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
But the implications of my opponent’s smear — that by supporting opportunities for people of color I am somehow opposing opportunity for working class white folks — could not be further off base. After all, there is no disputing my working class roots nor the fact that, whatever my heritage, I am also white. I personally known the frustrations of working class and poor white folks in our state and our country who feel like they can’t catch a break in our broken economy.
You can read the entire essay here.
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