Race stands as a backdrop in Jan. 6 committee hearings on Capitol Hill


Explore Our Galleries

A man stands in front of the Djingareyber mosque on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. 
Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu on February 4 celebrated the recovery of its historic mausoleums, destroyed during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012 and rebuilt thanks to UN cultural agency UNESCO.
African Peoples Before Captivity
Shackles from Slave Ship Henrietta Marie
Kidnapped: The Middle Passage
Enslaved family picking cotton
Nearly Three Centuries Of Enslavement
Image of the first black members of Congress
Reconstruction: A Brief Glimpse of Freedom
The Lynching of Laura Nelson_May_1911 200x200
One Hundred Years of Jim Crow
Civil Rights protest in Alabama
I Am Somebody! The Struggle for Justice
Black Lives Matter movement
NOW: Free At Last?
#15-Beitler photo best TF reduced size
Memorial to the Victims of Lynching
hands raised black background
The Freedom-Lovers’ Roll Call Wall
Frozen custard in Milwaukee's Bronzeville
Special Exhibits
Dr. James Cameron
Portraiture of Resistance

Breaking News!

Today's news and culture by Black and other reporters in the Black and mainstream media.

Ways to Support ABHM?

By Gerren Keith Gaynor, theGrio

During interviews with theGrio, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn and former Trump impeachment manager Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett reflect on the attack committed by a mostly white mob.

Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

After nearly a year of investigating the horrific events of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the House committee that was formed to uncover the root causes of the deadly and violent attack is finally releasing its findings in a series of hearings on the Hill.

The House committee’s presentation to the American public will focus on extremist groups that committee members will show conspired to obstruct Congress through a coordinated attack. But a running thread that may or may not emerge in the renewed attention on the events of Jan. 6 is the role that race played in the unprecedented insurrection. 

While not all of the more than 2,000 insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol building were white (and male), a great majority of them were. What’s more, countless images of that fateful day showed insurrectionists toting symbols of hate and white supremacy, including a noose displayed near the Capitol, the confederate flag and even the “white power” hand gesture, among others.

“Black Americans had to see the insurrectionists resurrect the Confederacy in front of the Capitol in a way that I think was very suggestive of the types of white supremacist activities we’ve seen in modern-day America,” Nicol Lee Turner, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, told theGrio.

Check out the original article to see how the attack is inextricably linked with racism.

Journalists have noted the symbols of white supremacy that were displayed by rioters that day, and some highlight how the insurrection coincides with other threats against black voters and advocates.

Check back on our breaking news page for the results of this investigation.

Comments Are Welcome

Note: We moderate submissions in order to create a space for meaningful dialogue, a space where museum visitors – adults and youth –– can exchange informed, thoughtful, and relevant comments that add value to our exhibits.

Racial slurs, personal attacks, obscenity, profanity, and SHOUTING do not meet the above standard. Such comments are posted in the exhibit Hateful Speech. Commercial promotions, impersonations, and incoherent comments likewise fail to meet our goals, so will not be posted. Submissions longer than 120 words will be shortened.

See our full Comments Policy here.

Leave a Comment