Hip Hop Caucus Strongly Disagrees with the SCOTUS Decision on Student Loan Debt that Disproportionately Impacts Black Americans

WASHINGTON — Today, Hip Hop Caucus Executive Vice President Tanya Clay House issued the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court 6-3 decision in the Biden v. Nebraska and Department of Education v. Brown cases on student loan debt:

“Hip Hop Caucus is sadly not surprised that the current United States Supreme Court has once again failed to stand with the American people in this decision to overturn President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan. Despite this ruling, we stand with the Administration’s ability to cancel student loan debt and we encourage President Biden to continue to fight on behalf of everyday Americans by finding another legal remedy, including continuing the current pause on student loan payments implemented during the pandemic.   

Black people, particularly Black women, and borrowers under age 40 represent a majority of the $1.7 trillion dollars in U.S. federal student loan debt.. Student loan debt disproportionately burdens people of color, who already face significant economic disparities compared to their White counterparts. Communities across the board are continually feeling the weight of food insecurity, rising housing and education costs, and medical costs, making the need to cancel all student loan debt increasingly urgent. 

With approximately $27 million everyday Americans now not able to receive any relief from student loan debt despite millions of debt being forgiven for business, legislators and many in economically privileged classes during COVID, Hip Hop Caucus fails to see the equity in this Supreme Court ruling. A nation worth $25 trillion dollars that spends nearly $1 trillion dollars on its defense budget and provides trillions in tax cuts to billionaires can afford to clear the debt of average Americans across the country.” 

About Hip Hop Caucus 

Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.