Squad member Ayanna Pressley directs Biden to ‘thank Black women’ by canceling student debt

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“Squad” member Rep. Ayanna Pressley has urged President Joe Biden to “thank black women” by cancelling all of their student loan debt, though interestingly enough, not every black woman appreciates her speaking on their behalf.

At issue is the president’s refusal to arbitrarily cancel all student loan debt. Asked during a CNN-hosted town hall this week whether he’ll cancel “at least $50,000 minimum,” the president bluntly said, “I will not make that happen.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki later clarified that the president might cancel some debt but only with sensible limitations and after a policy review.

In response, some of the Democrat Party base began screaming and hollering about how they’re owed a free education, and of course members of the “Squad” rushed to join the chorus, with Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leading the charge.


Take note of the glaring contrast between the tweets above. Whereas Ocasio-Cortez framed the alleged need for student debt forgiveness by using class grievance, Pressley framed the alleged need by using racial grievance.

“You want to thank Black women? Cancel student debt — all of it. Black women carry more student debt than any other group in America. Save your words of appreciation. Policy is our love language,” she wrote.

A large contingent of the left apparently believes that Biden won the 2020 presidential election because of black women and nobody else.

“Editorial: Black women got Biden elected. Of course they did,” the headline of a piece published at the Los Angeles Times a couple weeks after the 2020 election reads.

And so, because Biden allegedly owes black women, leftists like Pressley think he’s obliged to cater to their interests. However, she’s mistaken if she believes that cancelling student loan debt is in EVERY black woman’s interest. Some black women responded to the congresswoman’s tweet by explaining why this isn’t true.

Case in point:

Critics of other races and genders also chimed in.


Their argument is that it’s perfectly possible to seek out and obtain an education without accruing unreasonable amounts of debt. It just requires being responsible and thinking ahead.

But by canceling student loan debt, many feel the government would be incentivizing the very irresponsibility and lack of foresight that led the holders of the debt to land in a bad spot in the first place.

Canceling student loan debt would also promote a violation of basic moral principles, as others contend.

“Canceling debt … seems to violate the moral principle of following through on one’s promises,” Kate Padgett Walsh, an associate professor of philosophy at Iowa State University, wrote in a column two months ago.

“Borrowers have a moral duty to fulfill their loan agreements, the philosopher Immanuel Kant argued, because reneging on promises is disrespectful to oneself and others. Once people have promised to do something, he noted, others rely upon that promise and expect them to follow through,” Walsh added.

And once people who’ve promised to do something are led to believe that it’s OK to not follow through on their promise, then what happens?


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