The chaos that’s still happening in the Capitol is stomach-churning to watch, but it’s not at all surprising.
For all of American history, white men have been allowed to commit violence with impunity. There have never been any consequences. The violence of Jim Crow went unpunished. The savage resistance to advances in women’s rights and civil rights went unpunished. And just this year, the relentless onslaught of corruption, blatant lies, violence against Black protestors, and sabotaging of efforts to save people from COVID-19 all went unpunished. A small sampling of recent unpunished injustices:
- Kyle Rittenhouse got bailed out and championed after murdering peaceful protestors in cold blood.
- The cop who shot Jacob Blake in Wisconsin will go unpunished.
- Donald Trump hasn’t been held responsible for anything, even trying to overturn the election in Georgia.
- And now, terrorists stormed the Capitol building, enabled by police who did little to stop them.
We think we’ve moved past the era of lynchings and cross-burnings, but now that violence is just further institutionalized.
That’s not hyperbole — just watch this:
Cops are taking selfies with the terrorists. pic.twitter.com/EjkQ83h1p2
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021
Things may even get worse tonight, because these rioters know there are no consequences.
Even scarier, the shattered remnants of our institutions have been neutered and corrupted to the point that they cannot begin to address what we’re facing.