Mob Rule and White Crimes Without Consequence Equals a Dangerous Country

Lead House Impeachment Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill on February 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905

America’s denial and defense of our sins and crimes is nothing new. We only need to look to the whitewashing of our American history books and the current fight over the 1619 project to know there is an undeniable force working to suppress the truth and ignore our violent and racist past.

It’s because so many White Americans refuse to acknowledge and accept our past and present issues — or begin the hard work of restoration and reconciliation — an ugly uprising of White rage and hate has washed over our nation’s Capitol and it’s being denied and we’re being gaslighted again. Revisionist historians and racists would like to believe: a fed up group of patriots use their right to protest to vent their frustrations. When the reality is:

A lynch mob of White people stormed the nation’s Capitol with the intention to hang the vice president, Speaker Pelosi, and anyone who didn’t support keeping their leader in power. In the process, they murdered and maimed police officers, stole and destroyed federal property, and literally defecated on the halls of our democracy. Their leader was acquitted for inciting this predictable insurrection and now many are getting away with their crimes, too.

Countless stories are being revealed about the White men and women involved in the violent riot getting light sentences and preferential treatment from sympathetic judges.

What does this say about our “justice system”? Well, now America sees how some courts are blatantly biased and ridiculously oozing with the double standard of White privilege in comparison to how BLM protesters were treated and tried it’s no laughing matter.

If nothing else — these examples of injustice are showing a disturbing pattern and sending a message that White people (like their forefathers and ancestors) can literally get away with murder and mayhem. American history — which includes Black history — showed us another era of domestic terrorism and wave of White mob violence. If White America doesn’t remember, Black people know all about countless thriving Black communities no longer exist and were erased from American history because White mobs murdered, pillaged, and burned these communities down without consequence or restitution. Here is just a short list:

Colfax, Louisiana — 1873

Wilmington, North Carolina — 1898

Atlanta, Georgia — 1906

Elaine, Arkansas — 1919

Tulsa, Oklahoma — 1921

Rosewood, Florida — 1923

Thousands of men, women, and children were terrorized and slaughtered, businesses and homes destroyed. Survivors were left traumatized, destitute, and displaced.

And in between the mobs and massacres — there were lynchings:

White Americans are still in denial about our ugly and deadly past and present, but this insurrection has sent a silent alarm and message to Black and Brown folk to be careful. Public lynchings aren’t ancient history we just had strange “hangings” this summer and the last “public lynching” was in 1981 in Alabama.

This uptick in mobs and domestic terrorism cannot and should not be taken lightly. Kyle Rittenhouse was allowed to walk down a street past several law enforcement officers, tell them he murdered someone, and drive home with his mommy — now he’s missing.

Some other examples of privilege and bias in our court system:

Riley Williams, 22, who stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop was released into her mother’s custody.

Judge allows rioter, Jenny Cudd, to go on vacation to Mexico.

Judge orders organic meals for White man who stormed the Capitol.

Based on these cases, law and order does not apply to White citizens and that’s dangerous for everyone in this country. If the lawmakers, law enforcement, and judges won’t uphold and enforce the laws, how is anyone safe?

Once again, I don’t know how to fix this, but no one can say they didn’t know because the stories are being told.

Thank you for reading.

Thank you Keith Reed and

Writer, Founder WEOC and Editor of Writers and Editors of Color Mag Bylines in Zora, Momentum, An Injustice!, POM, Illumination, The Pink, and Better Marketing

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