Black women hold more student debt than any other group in America today so it’s no surprise that according to our poll, Black women show the highest support for eliminating student loan debt. We need tangible legislation to improve our lives, support our families, and create economic mobility in our communities–policies like a livable wage and affordable education opportunities that enable us to tear down, not reform, the structural barriers that limit our upward mobility in almost every aspect of our economy and society.


Biden needs to take bold action to make college affordable for Black families and eliminate both private and federal student debt completely—not just $10,000 of it during the pandemic. If Democrats want Black voters to turn out for them in 2022 and 2024, Congress and the Biden-Harris administration need to translate their campaign promises into policy.

All the promises from politicians saying “Black Lives Matter” aren’t worth anything if they’re standing in the way of our upward mobility and policy change. And full student loan debt elimination—along with raising the minimum wage and ending mass incarceration—is one of the most powerful ways to help repair centuries of systemic racism and undo economic inequality.


Black women and voters worked around the clock to help Biden beat Trump and turn the Senate blue. Biden knows it, and that’s one reason he has to put Black women at the center of his agenda. This administration will be judged not just for its optics—but its policies. It’s time for Biden to make a real commitment to advancing racial equity and eliminate full student debt—for good.

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Arisha Hatch is Vice President of Campaigns, Color Of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the country. Color Of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over 7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. Visit