Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a member of “The Squad”, talked about Black Lives matter in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the speech, Pressley said that Black Lives Matter is a “mandate” from activists. and that it’s time for “people to pay us what you owe us.”
“Centuries of institutionalized oppression will not be undone overnight, for racism in America is as structural as the marble pillars of this very institution,” Pressley said.
“With the power of the pen we must legislate accountability, dismantle these systems, and move in the direction of justice and healing. The Justice in Policing Act is a critical step forward and I applaud the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus.”
Pressley goes on to talk more about how Black Lives Matter is a “mandate” from activists and it’s time for “people to pay us what you owe us.”
“But our work is unfinished. There is a rallying cry in communities across the nation,” Pressley continued. “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, it is the beautiful robe of nation builders,” she continued.
Democrats have been floating the idea of reparations for slavery for years now. Pressley has said she supports defunding the police as part of that movement.
“This is simply about a refund.” Pressley said in the interview. “There’s a reason why the Congressional Black Caucus submits an alternative budget every year. Because we know that our communities have been historically under resourced, underinvested in and divested [from].”
Watch the full speech to Congress below:
It should be noted that Pressley is no stranger to speaking her mind when it comes to social issues. Earlier this year, she accused President Trump of committing war crimes over how he has handled the Coronavirus pandemic.