This year’s “Million Student March” took place Wednesday, April 13th on college campuses across America. Activists called for tuition-free public college, the cancellation of all student debt, a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers and a divestment from private prisons by all colleges and universities.
One of the organizers of the march, Darletta Scruggs, joined Neil Cavuto on Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Channel the next day, and things quickly got heated. Scruggs said that students are facing a crisis of debt, since the government no longer prioritizes quality, affordable education. She asserted that if there’s money to invest in improving our country’s nuclear arsenal or prison system, then there certainly is money to invest in education.
Cavuto pointed out that the U.S. national debt is currently at $19 trillion, and her candidate of choice, Bernie Sanders, has admitted that these massive changes to the educational system can’t be made without increasing taxes on both the wealthy and middle-class Americans. Scruggs said that it’s important to not just raise taxes, but to see how that tax money is being spent.
“We’re spending our money on wars, we’re spending our money on tax breaks for big, wealthy corporations,” Scruggs said. “This system of capitalism has proven itself illegitimate, and it cannot provide basic things like education, shelter, health care.”