People of African Consent in the United States of America are watching the political and judicial leaders in this country to ensure that they also concur that “Nobody Is Above the Law.” After reviewing the historical relationship between People of African Consent and the American criminal justice system, we want to ensure this nation punishes those who attacked America’s democratic process on January 6, 2021, with criminal punishment proportionate to their crimes. People were injured, people died, and now, people are crying out for justice.
The rioting rabbit mob forced lawmakers, staffers, and journalists to hide in secure locations as the mob ransacked offices, assaulted Capitol Police officers, and stole property. They also embarrassed this nation and brought the concept of American exceptionalism down to its’ lowest level in decades.
White racists in America have often lived in spaces above the law while functioning on white privilege principles. Their belief in white privilege caused them to think that they could destroy the Capitol Building, the seat of our democracy, and go home and have a beer.
The violent armed white mob who breached the Capitol Building committed grave crimes; therefore, we must prosecute all offenders to the full extent of the law. According to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security report, white racist “present the gravest terror threat to the United States.” If the mob who breached the Capitol Building are not charged and given jail time comparable to their crimes, law enforcement will further put all Americans of color’s and others’ lives at risk.
The rioters woke up on January 7, knowing that “it’s different this time.” On May 25, 2020, 8 Americans and members of the world community witnessed the 8 minutes and 46 seconds slow-motion murder of George Floyd. On January 6, 2021, we saw thuggish white racist insurrectionists’ murderous crimes at the Capitol Building. Now, the Capitol’s horrific desecrations are seared in our collective minds forever.
Law enforcement officers and the criminal justice system must understand that; we are watching how you police the Capitol Hill racist white mob. Thus far, we don’t like what we see. We see white racists insurrectionists treated by law-enforcement like one would treat your little brother or sister that threw a rock and broke your mother’s glass framed door! No Capitol rioters can be allowed to go free! Individuals that are indicted and convicted of felony charges must be STRIPPED of their VOTING RIGHTS until they complete their full sentencing.
The Capitol Building was locked down for three and a half hours before officials declared the building was secure. Police officials and federal prosecutors implied that about 140 officers were injured. “All government officers of the United States, including the President, the Justices of the Supreme Court, state judges and legislators, and all members of Congress, pledge first and foremost to uphold the Constitution.” We must demand every elected official to re-pledge their allegiance. Americans must never forget that murder took place inside the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021.
President Biden tweeted that, “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors that they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol that lead to the deaths of five people.” America the Beautiful can also be America the repugnant, depends on the color of your skin or the county from which you came.
Following the debasement of the Capitol Building, some politicians are disingenuously asking for healing. If they genuinely want HEALING, first, they must show some integrity and assistance in obtaining ACCOUNTABILITY.