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Challenges to student college debt relief are … white supremacist?

‘Reflect a larger backlash to racial progress in higher education’

The latest manifestation of white supremacy apparently comes from those who challenge attempts at forgiving students’ college loan debts.

This is according to Fortune and the Associated Press, which tosses into its story the latest challenge to affirmative action, as well.

Former University of Rochester student Makia Green (pictured) has about $20,000 in student debt and has “been counting on President Joe Biden’s promised debt relief to wipe nearly all of that away.”

Green, now a community organizer who already had part of her debt forgiven via the AmeriCorps program, said “I feel like working people have been through enough — I have been through enough. From a pandemic, an uprising, a recession, the cost of living price going up. I deserved some relief.”

Green and “many other people of color,” the article claims, believe opposition to debt relief “reflects a larger backlash to racial progress in higher education.”

“This is white supremacy at work,” Green said. “This is a long tactic of conservative, white supremacist-leaning groups to use education and limit Black people’s access to education, as a way to further control and oppress us.”

From the story:

The [debt and A.A.] rulings could also have political consequences among a generation of young voters of color who took Biden at his word when he promised to cancel debt, said Wisdom Cole, director of NAACP’s youth and college program.

“Year after year, we have elected officials, we have advocates, we have different politicos coming to our communities making promises. But now it’s time to deliver on those promises,” he said. …

Kristin McGuire, the executive director of Young Invincibles, said that she could not overlook the decisions looming over the upcoming Juneteenth holiday, which marks the emancipation of enslaved people in Texas two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. For two years after abolition, Black Americans were kept as laborers and denied the freedom to begin building generational wealth, McGuire said.

“If both of these are struck down, it will send a very clear signal that our court system does not support the most vulnerable populations, especially those who helped build this country,” McGuire said.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Biden debt forgiveness plan and affirmative action by the end of this month.

MORE: Student debt forgiveness is welfare for high-income professionals, finance experts warn

MORE: Affirmative action continues to hurt minorities, UCLA professor reaffirms

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 20 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.