15 May 2013
- Written by Tracy Clayton/The Root
Reaching your 40th birthday is a huge milestone. Some may celebrate it with a quiet night with the family. Others may put on their good dancing shoes and hit the town with friends.
Loan company Sallie Mae decided to celebrate quietly with a couple of tweets commemorating its 40th year, and rather than smiley-faced emoticons, it was met with a tidal wave of angry, often hilarious tweets.
It turns out that not many people look favorably on the private loan giant, especially as student debt, tuition and the company's profits continue to soar. Sallie Mae's amicable tweet got angry reactions from Twitterers of all races, but a bevy of them seemed to come from black folks. The reason for this is likely that students of color borrow more money to pay for school than white students.
So for some, Sallie Mae's birthday wasn't such a happy occasion after all. Check out some of the angry (and funny) tweets below.
RT @bosnaud: AND ENSLAVE MILLIONS RT @salliemae: When Sallie Mae opened 1973, we had 7 employees. Today we employ 7,000 people nationwide.
– JJ (@streetztalk) May 13, 2013
at what APR? RT @salliemae On behalf of The Sallie Mae Fund, we're donating $40K to @bgclubsde to support #college education statewide.
– Black Canseco (@BlackCanseco) May 13, 2013
Destroying their financial lives* RT @governormarkell: Congrats to @salliemae on 40 yrs of helping students achieve their dreams.
– Coreh TheBearJewfro (@SpaceTruckin92) May 13, 2013
I'll be 45 by the time I'm finished paying y'all off !RT @salliemae: Today we're 40 years old!
– Shelina D'asti (@mestizadoll) May 13, 2013
YOU'RE A LIFE RUNIER, YOU RUIN PEOPLES LIVES RT @salliemae Today we'e 40 years old!
– Lassy Mavin (@MariamaStella) May 13, 2013
Screwing students over for four decades. RT @salliemae: Today we're 40 years old!
– Victoria. (@KidPoetic) May 13, 2013
(Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky. Read more at the Huffington Post.)