Yesterday was not a protest: it was a violent insurrection. It was an attempted coup and domestic terrorism.
And yet, the police response to yesterday’s attack on the seat of our government was not only an absence of response but an active welcome of an angry white mob into our Capitol. Self-proclaimed nazis and white supremacists openly broadcast their intentions ahead of time and live-streamed their participation in seditious acts, yet remain unarrested.
To say that this is a stark contrast to the treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters this summer, Indigenous protesters at Standing Rock and Line 3, and many other movements across the country fighting for their lives, and rights, is an understatement.
This is why there is no climate justice without racial justice.
Because this is how Indigenous communities were treated fighting to protect their land:
As we watch Trumpers storm the capital with guns. Just a reminder, this is what America did to Native protesting for clean water. pic.twitter.com/TzNyBWnB47
— Lucas Brown Eyes (@LucasBrownEyes) January 6, 2021
And here is how youth activists asking not to be shot in schools were treated:
For those that think this is how capital police normally act— it’s not.
Just as an example this is how they act when kids protest for their right to not be shot. pic.twitter.com/yceVIEc0pS
— David Hogg 📢 (@davidhogg111) January 6, 2021
Because the difference between the treatment of Black lives Matter protests and yesterday’s seditious mob couldn’t be a greater contrast and the only possible reason for the difference is racism:
This looks mighty different from police responses to BLM protests, directed actions and gatherings. https://t.co/FNo6BybBKp
— Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) January 6, 2021
Because disabled activists asking for health care rights were physically removed and arrested by Capitol police:
Your assignment in this essay is to compare and contrast https://t.co/h7g3Lxxdql
— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) January 6, 2021
Because 600 women were arrested in the Senate Building for a non-violent sit-in protesting family separation.
Y’all remember when we were arrested in the Senate building for protesting family separation. Over 600 women, yes, you read that right. Over 600 women were arrested for staging a nonviolent sit-in. How many were arrested today? pic.twitter.com/newLQYgz4t
— Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) January 7, 2021
Because, apparently, even Jane Fonda is considered a greater threat than an angry mob of white supremacists:
There was a bigger police presence at the capitol to stop Jane Fonda from sitting in about climate change. pic.twitter.com/eG1WL7eVia
— Jamie Henn (@jamieclimate) January 6, 2021
Washington DC has the largest police presence in the world, with billions of dollars allocated every year to police and military forces, but an assault on our very democracy received no response for over 6 hours, despite days and weeks of notification in advance.
In fact, the people actively participating in this domestic terrorism were allowed to freely leave the building (as they laughed about getting beers and returning with more violence), including the people who occupied the Senate chamber and the guy who ransacked Speaker Pelosi’s office.
Cops stood as the insurrectionists posed for selfies with them.
Yet, everyday people exercising their first amendment rights to protest and free speech have been arrested for asking nothing more than not to be shot because of the color of their skin.