“Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord”.”
– KJB, Romans 12:19
On Wednesday, January 6, Americans watched in horror as racist men and women from across the land marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. at the urging of President Donald Trump, ran up the Capitol steps with aid from police officers who were filmed opening barriers, broke into the Rotunda and vandalized the building.
There have been reports since that fateful day which showed the president having a watch party and celebrating his trying to remain in power, by inciting violence through a faction of people that are radicalized and filled with hate.
The Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) has begun raiding buildings and offices in search of the people who live streamed what they were doing and took pictures. They are being found and arrested, and I suspect we have not begun to see the beginning of the end of what is now known as America’s modern day Civil War.
The one group that was not surprised by any of this, and in fact watched as all these ‘chickens came home to roost,’ are Black and brown people who spent most of 2020 protesting that their lives mattered when they continued to be gunned down by some in law enforcement with no regard. Those protesters were met with the National Guard, many were locked up, and were told that they would be charged with federal crimes for daring to suggest that they deserved to live in this country freely and fairly.
All of this happened in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, that continues to make millions ill across the United States with over 350,000 people dead and counting.
When Trump lost the election in November and began rousing up his base with tweets that said things like “standby and get ready,” calling Georgia’s secretary of state and trying to force him to find 11,780 votes. We also watched Republican lawmakers across the country join forces with him. Anyone with a bit of sense knew that what happened on January 6 was inevitable and those of us who were aware were ready for it.
President Trump, in my opinion, had these people believing that they could take over the Capitol steps and force the votes to not be ratified so that he could remain in power. He had them believing that he is their savior — and despite the fact that many of them are being arrested and charged with treason and for breaking federal laws, they are seen on video still hailing him as the king of their lives, saying that he is a wonderful person.
This is what hatred, racism and vitriol looks like wrapped up in a good dose of cognitive dissonance.
What makes these bands of people even more dangerous is that they have infiltrated every part of business, industry and city government up to the highest levels. Those protesters, excuse me — domestic terrorists — would not have been able to gain access to the Capitol building had they not had help at the highest levels of government. Business leaders, school board members, nurses, doctors, teachers, all were out there with no masks on, two pipe bombs that were planted, and a noose set up in the courtyard to hang people. Treason was committed on so many levels our heads are still spinning.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew up a new article for impeachment, according to the New York Times, presented it to the House, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for encouraging the mob who broke into the Capitol, and the general consensus is that Trump is unfit for office. The impeachment measure passed on Wednesday and will be referred to the Senate. With only a few days left to go in this presidency I suspect we have not yet begun to fully experience the fallout from it all.
The chickens came home, sat down, laid eggs, and roosted after years of watching organizations like the Proud Boys and QAnon work on the dark web to raise of a base of people who really wanted to “take their America back.”
While all of this was taking place, Black people who realized that just marching in the streets was not going to help them, began organizing and getting people out to vote in huge numbers for the general elections. Those votes literally made President-elect Joe Biden the winner in a country that was split down the middle.
Black folks went further to hand the Senate in Georgia over to the Democrats during runoff elections on January 5 and for the first time in recent memory the Democrats have the presidency and control of Congress — all thanks to Donald Trump’s shenanigans.
Trump’s demented behavior has raised enough concern for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to ban him permanently! Yet he remains in the highest seat of the country comfortably for the next few days — only in America.
I would hope Black people feel somewhat vindicated as they watch all of this unfold, and really should take a bow for being the impetus of switching, changing and turning America on its ear.
I realized a long time ago that we live among insurgents who told us we were not important in every facet of life from education, to medicine, to just a basic right to live and breathe. We should not be surprised that they are our neighbors, our bankers, our doctors, our teachers as they have shown us these insipid behaviors year after year, and time after time.
In my opinion, what America must now learn from us is that we have been done with business as usual in this country and we are no longer voting for and putting people into office that do not have our best interests at heart. I believe these next two to three election cycles should tell a story. Bravo to all the Black women who have stood in the gap fiercely and with determination to change America for the better, because experience is still the best teacher there is for the stiff necked among us.
Excuse me while I get my tea and watch the continued fallout from extremism, entitlement, and unearned privileges.
There is still a God, somewhere.
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