Sickening, outrageous, offensive, sad, unbelievable, these are just some adjectives people feel when watching the Capitol Riots. How can a country that claims to have one of the most powerful governments in the world justify such behavior? And is there a double standard against Black Americans?
A quick summary of events
I try to stand clear from politics, but I realize that sometimes it kicks you so hard that it’s hard to ignore. My views are never one-sided, and I can empathize and agree with viewpoints from both sides of the aisle.
On the afternoon of January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C., a group of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building. They chanted “Stop The Steal,” and “whose house, our house,” attacked Capitol Police—killing one and beating another, causing significant injury, and vandalized the building as they marched hoping to find and implement their plan of overthrowing the government.
Their behavior fueled by months of dangerous rhetoric from the President of the United States. His loyal followers began repeating and consuming information—wiring their brains and convincing themselves that there was indeed voter fraud.
In the United States, there are Checks and Balances to ensure that political power is fair and balanced and not in the hands of individuals or groups of people. Over 60 court cases later and still no clear sign of voter fraud.
If there were any hint of corruption, I would be happy to listen; I would hope that most people would be too. But nothing significant arose, yet people continued to absorb information without doing unbiased research of their own.
The double standard
The double standard is proof that politicians put party first, country second, and humanity last. Because if they didn’t, then they would be able to rationalize what happened—asking themselves,
“How would I feel if the group behind the events had a different political affiliation or skin color?”
But they don’t, and instead, look like ignorant and uneducated fools when they speak.
The double standard against Black Americans
And this is where my heart became heaviest. The treatment of the White rioters at the Capitol building was 5-star. A much different scene compared to the experience that Black Lives Matter protestors saw over the summer.
In an attempt to show strength, National Guard members lined the Capitol Building Stairs. The President himself even marched to a local church as protestors were kicked, dragged, and tear-gassed for wanting equality for all humans.
The country is radically divided—some would say we live in two Americas. I would agree. If Black Americans chose to storm the Capitol building, we would be looking at a much different scene. A scene that I’d rather not try to imagine.
Although we can only assume, I think it is safe to say that Capitol Police wouldn’t be taking selfies with the rioters or directing them inside the building.
Lessons from nature
It’s easy to get distracted by the chaos, but there is a light at the end-of-the-tunnel. How long the tunnel is, well, that depends, and there’s no real way of knowing for sure.
But in nature, we see harmony. We witness the evolution of plants and animals; nature thrives, and humans will too. Darwin’s finches beaks changed over time to adapt to nut eating, insects have become pesticide-resistant, and light-colored moths became darker to better camouflage themselves after pollution levels rose.
Nature is forever evolving and adapting, and humans will do the same. We will rise above these turbulent times and persevere stronger and more able to exist on this planet. Darwin said, “survival of the fittest,” and we must be the fittest. We must survive, which is why we will thrive.
What can we do
Stay hopeful. Lead with Love and know that where we are right now is not permanent. I know it seems hard, but it is the only way. We must come together, and it starts with us. We must educate and inform ourselves before spreading misinformation.
Some people will be left behind, but that’s evolution. Only the strong survive, and we must be strong. If we focus on hate and division, we only fuel that fire creating more hate and division. We must judge less and Love more. There is no other way.
We are the future. We are the ones who set the example for future generations. We must hope for a brighter, cleaner, and more sustainable world where the environment thrives because we as humans unite. We will progress through the natural state of evolution. You can be a part of that change or be left behind—the choice is yours.
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