Democratic Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said on the House of Representatives floor on Thursday that it was time the legislative chamber acts to pay the black community back what it is owed.
“Madam Speaker, I rise today on behalf of every black family that has been robbed of a child. On behalf of every family member that has been forced to see their loved one lynched on national television. Driving while black. Jogging while black,” Pressley started via BizPac Review.
“Sleeping while black. We have been criminalized for the very way we show up in the world. Under the harsh gaze of far too many, my black body is seen as a threat, always considered armed,” she continued.
“Centuries of institutionalized oppression will not be undone overnight, for racism in America is as structural as the marble pillars of this very institution,” the congresswoman said via the report.
“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,” she added.
“But our work is unfinished,” Pressley then plainly said. “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, it is the beautiful robe of nation builders. Thank you, I yield.”
BizPac Review reports:
By “us,” she meant black people and by “pay,” she meant reparations.
Watch her comments below: