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Black Women Need and Deserve Student Debt Cancellation, Ayanna Pressley Says

September 25, 2023

The federal government needs to cancel student debt as an act of racial justice, particularly for black women, U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley said.

Loan payments are set to resume Sunday, October 1.

“Student debt cancellation is essential and it is a racial justice imperative. Black folks — especially Black women — are among the most impacted by the student debt crisis, so we must be intentional in centering their voices and experiences in our policy response,” Pressley said during a recent policy discussion called “Student Debt Cancellation Is Essential,” according to a press release. “Student debt cancellation is essential. No corrupt court or extreme Republican should stand in the way of long overdue relief. I’m grateful for our advocates and partners in this work who joined us to speak to this crisis and offer real-time resources for borrowers. This conversation underscored why we must deliver student debt cancellation for Black America and borrowers everywhere.”

Opponents of cancelling student debt note that students took the debt on voluntarily and argue that people who didn’t go to college shouldn’t have to shoulder the bill for those who did and took out loans to do so.


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