Last year, as a community of oppressed people, we (with a huge multicultural coalition of allies) finally erupted against racially charged police-violence against people of color.
Instead of the president considering the legitimacy of the national outcry, he took to Twitter to move with a hard hand on the “anarchists, agitators or protestors” who vandalized or damaged various federal courthouses and buildings throughout the nation.
Less than half a year later, after this actual insurrection at the Capitol (one planned on the dark web for months now with the intention of taking over the government), the country’s chief executive did a video declaring his love for those individuals involved — even calling them special. The contrast was stark.
On one hand, 2020’s civil unrest was prompted by numerous occasions of police-involved killings and incidents of violence captured on social media. On the other, 2021’s insurrection was prompted by the Big Lie that the presidential election was rigged and the current government was unwilling or unable to do its job.
On one hand, 2020’s civil unrest was an explosion that exposed the world (with proof) to the systemic bigotry of American law enforcement. On the other hand, 2021’s insurrection was an explosion of race-based fear that linked back to the Reconstruction era where whites felt like their rights were being siphoned by the suggestion that they share basic liberties with people they deem beneath them.
On one hand, 2020’s civil unrest was organic and sprouted through a prophetic agency of necessary change. On the other hand, 2021’s insurrection was organized by racist hate groups who falsely use Christianity to justify their misguided understanding of exceptionalism and believe a nation that they stole from Indigenous people, was actually being stolen from them.