“Let’s be clear, this was a domestic terrorist attack committed by rioting mobsters of white supremacy, armed equipment and many skilled in police and military tactics who came to overthrow an election in which their candidate Trump lost,” Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio and president of the Congressional Black Caucus said in the group’s hearing.
“Madam Speaker, St. Louis and I stand up in support of the article on the indictment of Donald J Trump. If we fail to remove a white supremacist president who encouraged a white supremacist uprising, it is the community as Missouri’s first district that suffers the most. “Bush said during his speech.
People marched in their thousands in both after believing that an injustice had been done to them. Calls for racial justice throughout America over the summer were backed by the death of George Floyd, the death of Breonna Taylor, and the pain of subsequent generations of anti-black sentiment. Contrary to BLM protests, the uprising at the Capitol was triggered by lies and deeply rooted racist stereotypes, experts say.
Convinced that the presidential election was stolen, insurgents proclaimed themselves “patriots”
; and repeatedly shouted “United States, United States” while vandalizing and destroying the building in the heart of American democracy. Trump, who has embraced tactics with dog whistles such as calling Mexicans “rapists” and called the words Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hatred,” encouraged them.
“When something like that feels true, you can not deter them from the facts,” said Ian Haney López, author of “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.”
Here’s a look at what has driven the Black Lives Matter movement for nearly a decade and why Trump supporters broke into the Capitol:
False and dissuasive allegations drew thousands to the Capitol
After weeks of hearing false allegations that the presidential election was rigged, Trump supporters flocked to Washington to fight the ceremonial counting of votes that would confirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Hours before the uprising, Trump addressed a crowd of supporters gathered at the Ellipse near the White House, finding false accusations of voter fraud and asking them to “fight like hell.”
“I’m absolutely 100% behind what happened here today,” Todd Possett, who was part of last week’s mob, told CNN’s Donie Sullivan. “It’s awful how this election was stolen. I had to come here and do my patriotic duty.”
Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, said Wednesday that the mob was motivated by racist anger and “a conspiracy theory rooted in efforts to invalidate black people.”
“The mob was met with empathy and reverence from some in law enforcement and others from a military establishment that houses white supremacy, let’s say it among its own ranks,” Morial testified at the congressional Black Caucus hearing in response to the riots.
After the election, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey, were among the cities that the Trump campaign had mistakenly accused of fraud and corruption. These cities are either majority black or have large black populations.
During a news conference in November, Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said, “You knew if you lived in Philadelphia. Unless you are stunned – it’s an Italian term for stupid – unless you are stupid, you knew a lot of people came from Camden to vote, “he said.” They do that every year. It happens all the time in Philly … And it has to happen because it is a democratic (choir), corrupt city and has been for years. Many, many years. And they performed it in places where they could get away from it. “
Rebels believed in a narrative deeply rooted in racist stereotypes that have been consistent throughout the Trump administration and used by other politicians for the past 50 years, according to Haney López, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
“What they are primarily trying to trigger is a sense that dangerous colored people are going to take over the country,” Haney López said.
“They believe in it because it feels true in their hearts that this multiracial coalition is taking power,” he added. “It’s just wrong for them that black people in coalition with Latinos and Asian Americans and whites should take power.”
Political leaders have long used whistleblowers to exploit white America’s racial fears. Some of these terms are “illegal alien”, “bully” and “Welfare Queen”, which was used by President Ronald Reagan when he ran in the 1976 Republican presidential election to attack welfare cheaters during campaign speeches.
In his first public remarks to journalists since the uprising, Trump insisted that his speech, which encouraged the riots, was “perfectly appropriate.”
He argued that the “real problem” is what other politicians said about protests over the summer in Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
The uprising at the Capitol was also an astonishing power relationship for the fringe movements with numerous symbols of white supremacist and extremist groups.
A global rally war for black lives
In 2013, the unexpected verdict in the murder case against the murder of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager who had gone to his father’s Florida neighborhood, led to the birth of Black Lives Matter – one of the most well-known-known organizations , which fights for the welfare of black people.
What started as a hashtag became a website, an organization, and later grew into more than a dozen local chapters across the United States and Canada. They were driven by the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police and vigilantes.
According to the BLM website, its mission is “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on black communities by the state and the vigilantes.”
But BLM’s goal is not just about protesting against police brutality. At the local level, the organization advocates for mutual assistance, discourages policing and access to housing and health care for black and brown workers.
“We live in a country built to stay away from these resources that we need,” said Kailee Scales, CEO of Black Lives Matter Global Network. “People in the movement have consistently struggled to reverse this trend to raise awareness that this is not the way we should live.”
Studies show that segregation continues in many U.S. cities, leaving the majority of black neighborhoods. Black societies do not have the same access as whites to health care, quality education, good jobs and other resources.
“You know, for many of us in this country, we know what it is like to be treated differently. And we also know what it means to be told that all the things we experience every single day do not exist or that if they exist , that it is our fault (and) that we somehow created the conditions for inequality, “said Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi.
In the wake of Floyd’s murder last summer, large crowds took to the streets in several cities in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The protests were bigger and more persistent. The BLM signs that appeared in many people’s yards were just the first signs of a nationwide race inventory.
People marched against police violence, systemic racism to be seen and heard.
“If you do not speak and say nothing, you are like the officers who stood and watched,” Randy Fikki, a Kansas City protester, told CNN subsidiary WDAF-TV, referring to the officers involved. in Floyd’s death.
Critics have responded to the phrase “Black Lives Matter” by inventing their own slogans, such as “All Lives Matter”, which some claim minimizes the current struggle that black people face for systemic racism, and “Blue Lives Matter”, referring to the lives. by the police.
Last week, Trump supporters were criticized on social media after using another phrase that has been known as a racial justice call for years.
They used the hashtag #SayHerName when referring to Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old white woman who was shot dead as the mob tried to force its way against the floor of the house.
They seemed to be aware of the #SayHerName campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the black women and girls who fall victim to police brutality – and which are often overlooked and forgotten.
Launched in 2014 by the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, the campaign has worked to highlight the cases of dozens of black women, including Atatiana Jefferson and Michelle Cusseaux, both killed by police in their homes.