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.