When terrorists assaulted the World Trade Center on 9/11, I remember being horrified by the images I saw on TELEVISION. On Jan. 6, 2021, as rioters stormed the US Capitol in a violent, fatal effort to overthrow democracy spurned on by President Donald Trump, I heard very different reactions from numerous of my household members and buddies than the ones I heard practically 20 years ago. This time, rather of the country coming together to defend our concepts and liberty, numerous people in my network took to safeguarding the domestic terrorists storming the Capitol with Confederate and Nazi flags rather.
Before the 2020 presidential election– and over the last four years– I’ve been bombarded by good friends and family members stating racist, sexist, homophobic, and downright terrible and false things. Every day more detailed we got to the Nov. 3 election, the worse their rhetoric became. Close household members harassed me with baseless claims about celebs and political leaders being included in child sex trafficking, election fraud, and more (because “The Q” told them), all while condemning genuine motions like Black Lives Matter.
After enjoying seditionists, rioters, QAnon fans, and pro-Trump extremists raiding and ruining the Congress building on the news throughout the day, as a law enforcement officer took selfies with protesters and officers opened evictions for the mob, I saw something even worse– my pals and household explicitly condoned the violence. Posts ranged from “You’re just mad because it wasn’t your side objecting this time” to “Black Lives Matter demonstrations were more violent” to “This is what takes place when you steal an election.” What the real f ck? This was critical for me: I’m done letting the respect I had for my family determine what I can publish online about my ideas on the president and his advocates. I ‘d used individual discussions to make my thoughts understood, but that’s no longer enough. White individuals have stayed silent on problems of bigotry and white advantage for too long, and I’m refraining from doing it anymore.
Let me be perfectly clear: the events of this week ought to never ever have occurred, but I’m not amazed that they did. Trump and his followers have made racist remarks camouflaged under “patriotism” for far too long. In order to freely publish and stand up for what’s right, I invested the day blocking and unfollowing people across social feeds who condoned or supported the riots in DC. I posted about my feelings of despair and outrage over the state of our nation and erased all comments that did not concur. It’s something to have varying viewpoints on tax dollars and the economy; it’s not OKAY to have varying opinions on human rights, citizen’s rights, and the democratic process of our complimentary nation. In order to take care of myself, I’m no longer engaging with any of these unwarranted arguments from friends and family– I’m simply removing their horrible lies from the conversation, and drawing a clear line that shows that I am not OK with anybody who supports what happened in DC a couple of days back. I’ve given them the advantage of the doubt for too long, and I just can’t continue doing that.
I mourned for our nation as I viewed videos of individuals taking over DC. And if my pals and household don’t see that, then they are part of the problem.
I’m praying for peace over the next 2 weeks prior to Inauguration Day. I’m speaking out in support of using the 25 th Modification to eliminate President Trump from workplace, and I’m going to link with pals and household who recognized that what took place the other day was incorrect. Our country has actually recovered from terrorism before and we can do it again, one day at a time.