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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.
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.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) January 19, 2021
Very wealthy people already have a student loan forgiveness program. It’s called their parents.
The idea that millionaires and billionaires are willingly letting their kids drown in federal student loans & that’s why we can’t go big on forgiveness is about as silly as it sounds.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 17, 2021
Average student loan debt in the US is ~$30k (LOTS have more)
Many won’t fully feel $10k in forgiveness until after a Biden presidency is over, when they’ve spent 10 years paying off the other $20k+
Dems should be championing policy that people can feel ASAP. We need to go big.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 17, 2021
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:
As a black woman who went to a state school and did not take on more debt than she could afford, you do not speak for me. Or my sisters, both with masters, my mom, my cousins, or aunts. Cancelling student debt does nothing for us
— Vixxen 🦊 (@Queenofbougievi) February 18, 2021
Critics of other races and genders also chimed in.
What about those of us minorities who grew up in poverty, but worked our asses off to pay cash for school and didn’t get to have the “college experience?”
I’m expected to have my taxes go toward those who made the choice to take on debt instead of working through school?
— Esmeralda Bambony (@Iamtheshrike) January 20, 2021
I always thought college debt was a willing negotiation between two parties.
— Bayou Boy (@BayouBeasley) January 19, 2021
Canceling student debt is utterly unfair. Some people paid it off. Some people worked through school to avoid debt. Some people decided not to go to college. Should we redefine the meaning of the word “debt”?
— Lev Bass (@lev888) January 19, 2021
Sorry I have paid all my student debt off, i will not support this!
— Laura Lynn (@lauralynne103) January 20, 2021
Why should my tax money go to someone else’s debt when I didnt borrow money for school because I didnt think I could afford to pay it back? If I buy a house then later decide that i cant afford it should the bank pay for it?
— Garfield McHumphries (@GMcHumphries) January 19, 2021
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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