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Rep Ayanna Pressley Calls for Reparations: “It’s Time. Pay Us What You Owe Us”


The call for reparations have hit the House floor.

Democratic representative Ayanna Pressley appeared to suggest that the time for reparations is now.

Pressley refered to Black Lives Matter as a mandate and that "it's time" for Americans to "pay what you owe us."

In her statement, Pressley even went as far as to claim that black bodies are "criminalized."

Observers, however, point out that black people in the United States have been able to succeed in politics, entertainment, and business.

Despite claims of widespread systemic racism, people of all backgrounds, genders, and ethnicities are able to pursue the American dream.

That didn't stop Ayanna Pressley for appearing to call for reparations… now.

See her claims on the House floor below:

Ever since the death of George Floyd, racial tensions in the country have risen to a tipping point.

Democratic politicians are now openly fanning the flames of dissent and division within the country.

The Blaze has more details on Pressley's highly divisive comments:

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) said this week that Black Lives Matter is a directive from activists for white Americans to "pay us what you owe us."

During a Thursday speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, the Democratic lawmaker discussed the Justice in Policing Act, which she said was a critical piece of legislation to achieve equality and safety for black people in the U.S.

"I rise today on behalf of every black family that has been robbed of a child," she began.

"On behalf of every family member that has been forced to see their loved one lynched on national television," she continued, pointing out cases of police brutality against black Americans. "Driving while black. Jogging while black. Sleeping while black."

Pressley explained that black bodies are "criminalized" in the world simply on the grounds of their skin color.

"We have been criminalized for the very way we show up in the world," Pressley added. "Under the harsh gaze of far too many, my black body is seen as a threat, always considered armed. Centuries of institutionalized oppression will not be undone overnight, for racism in America is as structural as the marble pillars of this very institution."

She pointed out the importance of the Justice in Policing Act, which she explained is a "critical step forward" for the United States.

"With the power of the pen we must legislate accountability, dismantle these systems, and move in the direction of justice and healing," she insisted. "The Justice in Policing Act is a critical step forward and I applaud the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus. But our work is unfinished. There is a rallying cry in communities across the nation. Black Lives Matter is a mandate from the people. It's time. Pay us what you owe us."

"Our black skin is not a crime," she concluded. "It is the beautiful robe of nation builders. Thank you, I yield."

Though reparations have been a popular rallying cry for far left radicals, the details have yet to be explained or agreed upon.

For example, would reparations go to every black person in America?

Or only to people who are directly descendents of slaves?

Who would pay the reparations? 

All white citizens, including those who immigrated here or whose ancestors did not own slaves?

Would everyone who isn't black (including immigrants from Mexico and Asia) be required to pay reparations?

No wonder the policy is highly unpopular in the mainstream!

While virtually every American agrees with the statement "black lives matter," the BLM organization itself has come under heavy criticism.

The Washington Examiner has more details on Pressley's comments as well as the scrutiny now facing BLM:

Pressley followed up her statement in Congress with a tweet explaining that the country is currently at a “moment of reckoning.”

Pressley’s words come as Black Lives Matter has grown in prominence, and has seen a spike in fundraising, amid peaceful protests and riots that have spread across the country since George Floyd’s death on May 25.

The president of Greater New York Black Lives Matter said this week that if the United States doesn’t give the movement what it is asking for, “We will burn down this system and replace it.”

The comment was heard by President Trump, who referred to it as “treason.”

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said on CNN last week one of her group's goals is to remove Trump from office.

The goal of police reform should be something that everyone could have agreed on.

But the politicization of the issue and radicalization of the left have tained the Black Lives Matter organization itself.

By openly stating that the goal is to remove Trump from office, they have revealed their true colors.


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