Democrat Congresswoman Says ‘Black Lives Matter Is A Mandate’, ‘Pay Us What You Owe Us’

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During a speech in front of the House of Representatives, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) said that “Black Lives Matter is a mandate” for the American 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.”

“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.”

Rep. Pressley’s claim that “Black Lives Matter is a mandate” to “pay us what you owe us” comes the day after Hawk Newsome, head of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, said during a Fox News interview that “If this country doesn’t give us what we want then we will burn down the system and replace it.”