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‘The threats went through the roof’ | The 19th

‘The threats went through the roof’ | The 19th

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Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley speaks to The 19th about facing increased vitriol in an era when it’s easier than ever to send threatening messages. 


—  Errin Haines, The 19th

On August 15, the national reckoning on race that erupted this summer in the midst of a global pandemic landed at Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s door.

The freshman House member had spoken out on the colliding issues of systemic racism and the COVID-19 pandemic before. But during that Saturday morning interview on MSNBC, the Massachusetts Democrat knew within a matter of minutes that the reaction to her words would be different. 

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