Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Demands Reparations During House Speech: ‘Pay Us What You Owe Us’

Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley appeared to call for reparations for the country’s black citizens during a House floor speech Thursday.

The far-left Democrat and member of the self-proclaimed “squad” spoke at length about a perceived systemic bias against black Americans.

Pressley, describing the Black Lives Matter movement as a “mandate” on all of America, said it is time for the country to “pay us what you owe us.”

“I rise today on behalf of every black family that has been robbed of a child,” Pressley said.

“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. 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 added.

“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 continued.

“With the power of the pen, we must legislate accountability, dismantle these systems and move in the direction of justice and healing.”

Referring to widespread racial and civil unrest since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minnesota, Pressley appeared to demand reparations for black Americans.

“There is a rallying cry in communities across the nation. Black Lives Matter is a mandate from the people,” she said.

“It’s time. Pay us what you owe us. Our black skin is not a crime, it is the beautiful robe of nation builders.”

Pressley has previously expressed support for efforts to defund police departments and to end qualified immunity, which protects police officers from lawsuits.

“Qualified immunity shields police from accountability, impedes true justice, and undermines the constitutional rights of every person in this country,” Pressley said in a statement earlier this month.

Pressley’s apparent call for reparations, though, might not find a great deal of support in Congress.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted this week found that only one in five respondents said they support using “taxpayer money to pay damages to descendants of enslaved people in the United States.”

The poll revealed that around 80 percent of Republicans said they were opposed to financial reparations, while roughly a third of Democrats supported reparations.

Only one in 10 white respondents supported the idea, compared to roughly half of black respondent.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has said he is in support of exploring the feasibility of offering financial reparations to both black and Native Americans, Newsweek reported.

“If, in fact, there are ways to get direct payments for reparations, I want to see it,” Biden said earlier this month during a virtual conversation with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Pressley was floated as a potential Biden running mate last week by Vanity Fair.

“I’m just following the work and wherever the work takes me. I wasn’t planning to run for City Council. I wasn’t planning to run for Congress. I’m just following the work. So wherever the work takes me, that’s where I’m going,” she told the outlet.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

via thefederalistpapers


  1. Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Demands Reparations During House Speech: ‘Pay Us What You Owe Us’


    1. I, personally, “owe you” nothing. My family was in eastern Europe fleeing from the pogroms and the cosacks who were trying to kill them, and trying to just stay alive there during the time there were slaves here in this country. At that time in history, slavery was going on in every corner of the world, including in Africa. There were slaves owned by blacks in Africa, and those black slave owners sold their people into slavery when the ships from Europe and America arrived on their shores. So……… want reparations? Go to Africa and demand reparations from the countries where your ancestors were purchased by those who wanted them, here and abroad. Don’t come to me for blood money………my ancestors had no slaves, as did the vast majority of the people living in this country today. Most of us living in this country today are descendants of immigrants from other parts of the world who arrived here during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as those who came here in recent times.

    1. I do not recall ever having a black person work for me, let alone an unpaid person. “Slave”! Just another useless liberal wanting something for nothing.

  2. Do only thing I owe is a 12 gauge shot & splatter her face across the street. Tie the rest of her body to a hydrant for the dogs to piss on.

  3. Haven’t we already paid enough? Weren’t the half million lives lost in the civil war enough? What about the multi-trillion dollars spent since the civil rights era to combat poverty in the A-A communities? Hasn’t the switch of opportunities from able whites to so many POC during the 50 years of affirmative action been enough? Hasn’t putting a completely unqualified BHO in office for 8 long and painful years been enough? Has any other nation in history done more to correct the wrongs of its past than We the People of the USA?
    My goodness, when will it end?

    1. This begging will never end Doug, but to your point: I will agree to reparations for blacks when I and my white American victims of racism receive our payback reparation checks for the white men and women who died in the Civil War, their relatives, the white people who were put at the back of the line for jobs and educational opportunities over the past fifty years through our social programs for minorities, for every white kid killed by drugs or bullets in metro neighborhoods, every older white woman or man beat up, robbed, raped and killed by young black men and for the wasteful time and effort to provide a level playing field for our minority Americans who have responded by burning, looting and attempting to bring down our society. I’ll wait for the check.

      1. This is all about Votes and Africans

        No person with smarts think this way. Only Jerks want white people to give there money to Africans.
        I know I have donated Thousands of $$ to the Country and people of Africa. To local food Banks and many others.
        However I’m not giving to Germany,or Japan. They and African Americans and those who lead them have declared war on America for the last 75 years.

        Perhaps it should be settled as a class action suit.
        The $ amount after 5-10 plus years will be about $34.50.

        They Lawyers will get about 67% of the total over the 5-10 Years.

  4. We owe you nothing. Many Americans of all nationalities have worked, sacrificed, and earned what we have gained. Opportunities are available for all to exceed. Many minorities have struggled and risen from poor environments with support of strong, competent families. Take personal responsibility and get off the entitlement bandwagon. You’re in a leadership position to help people – stop asking for handouts.

  5. So we owe her a free trip back to Africa as it seems the one here has her panties in a bunch. Maybe when she gets there she can find the relatives of the tribe that sold the blacks to slave traders and sue them for what they owe her. After all the fact that thousands of whites died fighting to free blacks from slavery, and many more, republicans no less, have fought for her right to stand up in congress and spew BS, is not enough for her. I suggest she demand the democrats get off their butts and start paying up because the republicans are the ones who fought and died for her freedom. As a part of the people who gave their lives to free the slaves I find her and her ilk disgusting. Is she going to pay us what she owes us for our relatives dying for her?

  6. As a hispanic american I dont owe you nothing. Now if she wants to leave this country, because she feel oppressed, she is welcome to do so. She is the one that owes us, for one she is not doing what she was elected to do. She is not looking after the entire population. She is being racist towards other minorities. She is talking only on behalf of blacks.

  7. Blame the Portuguese, there wasn’t a bunch of white boys sailing to Africa to capture slaves. The Arabs in North Africa sold them to the Portuguese and they brought them to South America where pirates took control of their ships and sold the slaves in the United States and during that time every country had slaves. You don’t here Demorats talking about Libya that right now has the biggest open slave trade market since the 1800’s caused by Chim Chim and Killery Clinton…I don’t own these people sh_t except a _ss kicking for being stupid…

  8. Oh Well Stupid is ,is Stupid does ! Who owes America for all the damages that BLM’s to property and
    injuries and killed cops have done. just asking

  9. Thank you Kay, you did an excellent job with your explanation of our position today—–the blacks do not admit it but the “whites” did the “blacks” the biggest favor conceivable—-maybe for the wrong reason at the time—-to give—over time— the opportunity to “earn” the rights and freedoms the vast majority of the worlds population do not enjoy—-it seems the vast majority of Americans do not realize the position and opportunities we in the United States of America enjoy and are busting their butts to screw up the situation for the rest us. The “blacks” also forgot it was the “blacks” in Africa who kidnapped and sold their ancestors to the slave traders 200 years ago. Regardless the reasons of how the “world” works, there are many not happy with this silly, imperfect, world we have today—–or ever have had!!!!!

  10. Does she realize Great Britain brought slavery to North America British colonies in the early 1600’s? That’a where the moniker “1619 Project” came from.
    So, that means if you want to argue repirations then England would owe repirations for thier 157 years….1619 to 1776, and USA for 1776 to 1863 – 86 years. England would owe a little less than 2/3’s.
    That’s if you agree with it.

  11. No one in this country owes you one red cent you dumb skinhead Bimbo ! You were never a slave and no one alive today in this country were ever slave holders . You want reparations maybe you should go back to Africa and collect from whoever it was that sold your ancestors into bondage . Odds are it was another tribe of black peoples or some Arabs who are the culprits . But no that would require to much work . Like so many you want something for nothing . Try earning it lady

  12. With all the problems her people have, murders in Chicago, highest crime rate amongst any race, no education because their goals are socialistic, free lunch, etc. etc. she wants more free money? What a loser? If it weren’t for the liberals who could care less about Americans she wouldn’t have an audience. Only illiterates would listen to her! Go tear down a statue and make yourself useful. That’s all you are good for.

  13. “Pay us what you owe us” ….. well, that would be NOTHING! However, I read a story that all black Americans would be welcome in Ghana. How about one way tickets? Your choice, boat or plane. All you have to do is renounce your American citizenship …….. game on!

  14. As Don aid in a prior comment. We do not owe you a damn cent. BLM and Antifa are both anarchists who are lucky police have not shot them for being caught in execution of a crime.

    We need Commisioners of Police to stand up to the Mayors and have their police arrest any perp’s that are caught in commission of a looting or destroying private property.

  15. Pay reparations?! Laughable! Not getting a cent bald headed Ho!
    These charlatans and derelicts thinking they’ll turn America into a slave nation oppressing the majority that’s carried them and supported them already with food stamps, welfare checks, affirmative action, had to tolerate their crime sprees, over populating prisons from their racial [oppression excuses], seeing the majority spread diseases like syphilis- HIV- drug addiction in inner city – 20-30 grouped up not wearing mask or throwing huge block parties without wearing mask in their neighborhoods- violence in major cities- willful and unlawful ignorance or disregard for civil laws- disregard for a work ethic ( earn it shitbags), wanting time and again to create a minority agenda overwhelming our immigration system with supporting illegals and sanctuary cities. Tearing down national historical monuments and buildings.
    14% population confessing wanting a Marxist Regime to influence a power play against a 68% majority?
    At this point if Biden wins, America will be no more.
    The People better get “Woke” to what the agenda is on the cost of our freedoms!
    We the People that understands what our National Documents actually represents that are so ingrained in our ways of thinking and that actually took the time to get an education instead of “slinging” on the block, better quickly take action.
    These Whites supporting them are traitors and those condoning activities like this will be the foot servants to people like Pressley!
    I am forming a new movement against everything that’s going on. If they attempt to remove the 2nd Amendment then try to make everyone pay reparations …, it’s time for war!
    Nothing else is acceptable. No way around it.
    “ No More Talk, No Mote Tolerance!”

  16. It won’t ever end, because to pay reparations would never end, so we must hear this forever, but not pay forever.

  17. It won’t ever end, because to pay reparations would never end, so we must hear this forever, but not pay forever.
    Let’s make a deal; the left will close “Planned Parenthood” (Planned Murderhood) and relinquish in writing, all assaults on the Constitution and Bill of Rights into perpetuity.
    They will have to aknowledge that America offers opportunity, not a garuantee of success, and so people wishing to better themselves must actually do things that bring success, such as education.
    The Democrat Party must give up and stop protecting the criminals they harbor. (Slick Willie and all the rest).
    Government employees’ Unions will disband and give up writing the nations’ curriculum.
    The Propaganda Machine Media will be strictly neutral, will hold the Government accountable regardless of party, as was originally intended, and can be fined, shut down and/or jailed for publishing falsehoods which can be proven false in court by the evidence available.
    Opinions are allowed to fly. No more PC bull!
    No mail in ballots, voter ID required and we will make sure ALL get to cast the vote of their choice.
    Then we will be happy to pay a 1-time modest lump sum to anyone who can claim slave ancestry including the Irish.

  18. President Trump did not discriminate when the stimulus checks were sent out. It is really sad when people think that they can use their skin color for a reason to get extra money from the government. Reminds me of the guy in Seattle CHAZ saying give that guy of color ten dollars. Nothing more than An attempt of robbery by guilt is exactly what it is.

  19. My ancestors didn’t arrive until 30yrs after civil war. 1st born in the USA served in ww1 next generations served in WW2/Korea/Vietnam/Grenada/Panama/Iraq/Afganistan & still serving. We never owned any slaves & we paid & still paying our dues. Let this member of the “SKANK SQUAD” trace ancestry with her personal funds & on her own time. After she finds people who’s ancestors owned slaves, she can discuss
    reparations with them. She must not 4get the blacks that owned slaves. I really don’t believe any1 will
    give her the time of day.

  20. No More Talk, No More Tolerance! Rise and become unified! Let the majority rule with sense and let the left suffer the consequences of their actions!
    We must begin to move now on all of the issues that are being used as an excuse to cater to these Marxist groups and their skank supporters!
    Cities that defund police..?, refuse to pay taxes! Cities that won’t support Law Enforcement…?, once 911 is gone and there are no more cops it’s open season!
    Cities that won’t address and adhere to immigration laws…?, no worries, the activist want ICE defunded too. Open season at the borders as well!
    Marxist want to destroy our national identity…?, heres reparations, let ship their sorry asses to another country of their choice and let them struggle there with the system they want to impose here. Let’s force migrate / expel them out!
    Want to create more social programs like community activity centers to make it into a supermarket to go “slinging” drugs in and getting kids caught up in addiction…?, let’s burn those down next if so.
    Want to create a hostile atmosphere with threatening to burn our nation down…?, good…!, let’s start in the slums and low housing projects first!
    Want to topple statues and strip the nation of memorials…?, Good…!, let’s remove every thing on any avenue marked MLK across the nation!
    Want to have a high crime rate in inner cities like shit-ca-go…?, Good…!, cordon it off like they did in Seattle- defund all Chicago precincts- expel Chicago from the union- give cops transfers to departments that need them- don’t let the problem people out- don’t supply them- don’t donate to them- don’t contribute to them- remove all laws that apply to the rest of law abiding society so they can finish off killing each other like they continue to do every weekend anyway- expel all of their duly elected officials and then make them file immigration applications to “leave out “ , and become US Citizens again.., but…, there won’t be any public assistance available! Denouncing your national sovereignty is the same as denouncing your citizenship!
    Asked for your reparations from your own – Chicago- Massachusetts – California- Michigan- Washington State… wherever and what ever you want…, these are the terms and conditions!
    Let’s be Democratic about it! Let’s give them the Eastern Bloc atmosphere they’re striving so hard for! They’re bearing the doors down for it!
    Let’s be laughably gracious and oblige these losers!
    “No More Talk, No More Tolerance!!”

  21. Pay “every black family that has been robbed of a child”…..does that mean we have to pay for aborted black babies? My God, who is this woman? “This too is vanity, and grasping at the wind”. Do the job you were elected to do, the job you’re being paid by taxpayers to do….you poor, little oppressed thing. How dare her, the epitome of hypocrisy.

  22. What about the hundreds of thousands of white soldiers that fought and died in the civil war to end slavery? The degree to which the radical-left will go to stir the pot of racism is truly unfortunate. Anyone who has been paying attention knows that blacks have got their ‘reparations’ in the form of affirmative action. What about the white males that have been discriminated against as a result of affirmative action? The behavior of the left proves that one cannot argue with a sick mind, or a person getting paid to propagandize by rich globalist pigs.

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