Chickens have come home to roost
1/14/2021, 6 p.m.
The chickens have come home to roost in America.
The violence at the U.S. Capitol last week spawned by our nation’s racist hater-in-chief is just the latest sad chapter for a country founded on white supremacy and white privilege.
We have allowed terrorism to flourish in this nation against people of color since the English arrived in the Americas in the 1600s. And now we are reaping the results as an angry, riotous mob of President Trump’s racist supporters charged the U.S. Capitol to disrupt Congress’ certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Those supporters were upset that the Congress was going to accept the Electoral College votes of states in which the turnout of Black and brown voters made the difference.
When President Trump launched his campaign at Trump Tower in New York in June 2015, he told us who he was when he railed against Mexicans and other immigrants and lambasted Muslims as terrorists, saying he would make America great again by keeping them out.
During his inaugural speech in January 2017, he tied Black and brown people to the “American carnage” of gangs, drugs and crime.
We could see then, as Americans witnessed nearly four years later on Jan. 6, that the gravest threat to our nation and to our democracy is the man in the White House and the domestic terrorists who follow him.
He must be removed from office immediately to stop his continued abuse of America and democracy. Congress must not only impeach him a second time, but the U.S. Senate must convict him and bar him from ever holding office again.
There also must be consequences for the insurrectionists he incited to seize the U.S. Capitol with his repeated bogus claims of election fraud before and during a rally near the White House. In the seditious riot that ensued, the unlawful mob damaged the Capitol and its priceless artwork, marauded offices, terrorized members of Congress, killed one Capitol Police officer and hurt several others. Some in the mob outside the Capitol insultingly waved “thin blue line” American flags used as signs of solidarity with police, and at least one person carried a Confederate flag into the Capitol.
Ironically, these are the same people who have parroted President Trump’s mantra of “law and order.” There was nothing lawful or orderly about what they did.
The riot also exposed for the disbelieving the double standard in America of how police treat peaceful Black protesters and violent white mobs.
Members of Congress and other elected officials — including Virginia Sen. Amanda Chase of Chesterfield and Delegate Dave LaRock of Northern Virginia who were part of the mob at the rally — need to be held accountable for aiding and abetting the hater-in-chief.
The sordid and tragic finale of the past four years should bring us all to the realization that America must deal with her original sin of racism and white supremacy if the nation is to move forward.