Student loan forgiveness is a hot topic, and those who promote it and oppose it have valid reasons for doing so. However, according to far-left Rep. Ayanna Pressley, anyone who is not in favor of canceling student debt is not “anti-racist.”
Put simply, a person who doesn’t think letting students off the hook for all their student loans is essentially a Nazi. This would apparently include not only the current President, who is opposed to issuing an executive order to forgive student debt, but also conservative black politicians such as Rep. Byron Donalds who accurately note that student loan forgiveness would help the rich more than poor and lower-middle-class individuals.
“You can’t be anti-racist if you’re anti student debt cancellation,” Rep. Pressley wrote in a Twitter post that linked to a Washington Post article on the topic.
Proponents of student loan forgiveness like to point out that Black Americans, on average, owe more in student loan debt than their white counterparts. However, the truth is that people of all skin colors and ethnicities struggle with student debt. White students have the most cumulative student loan debt. Hispanics are most likely to put off marriage, having children, and buying a home due to student debt.
It’s also worth noting that, as Rep. Donalds rightly points out, a university education is a great stepping-stone that can enable a person to get ahead in life if one picks the right courses. Even more importantly, there is really no such thing as “student loan forgiveness” — someone has to foot the bill.
If colleges and universities are forced to refund tuition costs, many could be forced to shut down. Responsible people who worked hard and paid back their loans aren’t going to willingly step forward to pay loans for delinquent borrowers. Those who chose to skip a higher education because they couldn’t afford it should not be saddled with the loans of those who failed to manage their money wisely. Billing “the rich” may look like the only attractive option, but one can be sure the ultra-wealthy will (as always) find a way to skip out on the bill.
Sadly, the term “racist” is used so often that it has lost its meaning for many people. According to liberal politicians, anyone who voted for former President Donald Trump is a racist. In fact, if a person is white and was born and/or grew up in the United States, he or she is probably racist. Those who oppose race-based scholarships are racist, as are those who don’t want the Redskins football team to change its name.
Being called a “racist” for opposing liberal talking points is so common that it’s almost easy to ignore. However, the fact remains that there are valid reasons for reconsidering the idea of forgiving all student debt, and questioning the official progressive narrative has nothing to do with skin color.