White Mobs and Capitol riots are American to the Core
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Jan. 6, 2021 will forever live in infamy. But will America finally open its eyes to what has always been right in front of us?
By, The Grio
If you needed any further proof that racism, white privilege, white rage and white entitlement lives deeply at the core of this country, look no further than Jan. 6, 2021 — a day that will forever live in infamy.
We all watched in abject horror as mostly white men — in many instances armed with confederate flags, weapons, and Trump regalia — stormed the United States Capitol (with little to no resistance from police), offices of the Senate and House chambers, climbed on the walls, sat in the presiding officers’ chairs, and ran wild like a pack of animals.
President-elect Joe Biden condemned the violence in a TV address and called for calm…
Biden said in part, “Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now.”
I, however, disagree with the president-elect: This is who we are. White mobs are as American as pecan pie. They date back from the founding of this country to the formation of the KKK following the American Civil War. Angry white people led the lynchings of Black bodies and the bombings of Black churches for most of the 20th century…
We all know that had these rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol 30,000 strong been men of color, people of color, they would have been tear-gassed, shot at, beaten, or worse, killed.
As a Black woman who is now in her 50’s, I cannot believe what I witnessed. I cannot believe that the Republican Party, of which I used to be a member, has become the party of coups and insurrections. Lincoln’s Republican Party is most certainly dead…
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