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“What the mob did to our Senate Chamber today was an utter disgrace”.
(US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien)
Really tried not to write about what happened in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 but the more I viewed the chaos and mayhem on Capitol Hill I knew the Walk into the Future blog had to say something—could not stay silent.
The entire episode can be summarized: I told you!
Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in 2020 were met with uneven police and National Guard force. Peaceful protestors who were mostly black and brown were physically moved, restrained, beaten, and arrested while in the streets of America. The protests were focused on the many injustices committed against black and brown Americans. The nation finally rose to say this kind of treatment of our people must stop.
Counter protesters did not understand or want to understand what the BLM movement wanted to accomplish. We had a sitting US President identify peaceful marchers as: thugs, criminals, people who did not love this country and agitators.
America was built as told in our history books on people standing up and voicing their opinions on how to improve this country. It seems every time black people want to march for rights, freedom, and equality we are labeled as less than. Why is that? America is America so we are told but it continues to be one sided and it appears my people are always on the wrong side of the issue, police club, police bullet, police beating, police knee on the neck, neighborhood watch with guns in a pickup truck, etc. I could go on but believe the American picture has been painted by now.
Let us take a quick trip all the WAY back to June 2020—does not seem to be too far to travel, huh?
The former President of the United States tweeted: Anarchists, Agitators or Protestors who vandalize or damage our Federal Courthouse in Portland, or any Federal Buildings in any of our Cities or States, will be prosecuted under our recently re-enacted Statues & Monuments Act. MINIMUM TEN YEARS IN PRISON. Don’t do it! @DHSgov.
So, when BLM protestors wanted to march for rights and against injustice they were tweeted at by the former President and threaten with prison time for something they had not and did not do. Interesting concept, huh. I highlighted the word ‘any’ from Trump’s tweets to show the level of hypocrisy we continue to put up with in this country. It is beyond sad to live with the double standards America throws at us daily.
“What happened today in Washington, DC is definitely not American”.
(French President Emmanuel Macron)
I could sum up America #2 with the word privilege. I could also link video here of the former President of the United States and his family commanding so called patriots to march to Capitol Hill and demand the legal vote be overturned. We should go ahead and call these people what they truly are: insurrectionists. This was an insurrection—no other way to view what happened.
The US has a Constitution and the duly elected officials at the Capitol were following the words written in the Constitution on certifying the results from the Presidential election. Not surprising Trump, his family and friends did not understand they could not just wish for a different election result and make the Constitutional process go away.
The privileged mob left their ignorant leader and marched down to the Capitol to demand law makers stop doing their duties. I am sure a lot of these privileged fools thought they were doing the right thing and believed they could stop Congress from doing their jobs. This mob mentality may also be an indictment on the American educational system. History classes discuss the basics of the Constitution, but all Americans should know the checks and balances of the governmental process on elections.
It appears privileged people do not want to hear reason or logic. They would rather feaster in conspiracy theories and then claim someone is taking their country away. They must take it back!
Fast forward and the privileged Americans decided to storm the Capitol to demand the legal election be overturned so they can keep their President! Let me repeat that, Americans stormed the US Capitol. They fought, assaulted, and terrorized Capitol police who were severely outmanned by the privileged crowd of Trump supporters. This mob then entered the chambers of Congress looking for elected officials to include the Vice President because they were upset with the election results, someone took their country and they wanted to keep their President.
CNN articles on the insurrection
So, why do I keep using the word privileged? Great question!
These people stormed Capitol Hill, beat up police, hunted for elected officials and did not feel the need to hide their identities! They ransacked the halls of Congress and took selfies, videos and some conducted interviews and did not fear people recognizing them. No masks, disguises, hoodies, or anything to hide their identities. Some stated the Capitol belonged to them and it was their right to be there—amazing things happen in America #2 for the privileged folks who live there! They were not beaten, pepper sprayed, physically removed, arrested on the spot, flash banged, and no helicopters used for crowd control. We saw all these tactics with BLM peaceful protesters.
I presented a court argument in a post on August 27, 2020:
A black man in Georgia (Ahmaud Arbery) cannot go for a run without being attacked and killed but a privileged mob can walk in and out of the Capitol?
A black man in Minneapolis (George Floyd) can have a cop’s knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 46 seconds but a privileged mob can hunt for elected officials in the Capitol and then go home?
A black woman in Louisville (Breonna Taylor) can be shot in her bed by cops with a no-knock warrant but Capitol police removed barricades to make the privileged mob’s path easier to get to elected officials?
I could go on with my 2021 trial, but the verdict remains the same: guilty, guilty, and guilty!
One of my favorite scenes from the 1996 movie, A Time to Kill happens when Matthew McConaughey’s character conducts his closing argument to defend his client charged with murder. In this scene he asks the jury to close their eyes and then he goes over why his client was charged with murder.
So, let us try a little experiment. Close your eyes and imagine a mob being riled up and told repeatedly they were being lied to, things were being taken from them and they should march to the halls of Congress and take back what belongs to them. Imagine this mob rushes the US Capitol, assaults police officers, hunts for elected officials and destroys federal property.
Now, imagine this mob was black! How many black and brown people would have died on January 6, 2021 if we did the exact same thing?
Now you officially know what privilege looks like! Class dismissed!
“History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation”.
(Former US President Barack Obama)
Congratulations to President Biden!
4 thoughts on “Yes, there are two Americas!”
Truly a sad day for the people of our nation.
I agree but hoping we get some positives from the day. The spotlight is pointed on elected officials so let’s see if this makes a difference how the country moves forward. Enjoy your day!
Thank you for writing this one, Dr. Williams. I have to admit, it *NEVER* entered my mind to have “the talk” with my son when he was a teen, on how to act around law enforcement officers… I was raised in a small midwestern town where there was no (seeming) difference between my black friends and my white friends. Little did I know…
If you know of ANY resources that I can consume to have me help in this situation, I’d love to know about them. I’m ashamed of the way things are now, and I want to DO something to help, but I frankly don’t know what it is that I can do! I’m open to any and ALL suggestions!
Thank you for your on-going friendship from afar,
Hello Don! Thanks for responding and your desire to make a difference. This is an ongoing process and we still have work to do in the country. You may want to check out colorofchange.org for multiple ways to fight injustice in America. There are other organizations but this may be a good resource for you. Let me know if you want me to provide others–thanks!
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