When I watch Jan. 6 footage I see a wall of white racists foaming at the mouth

When I watch Jan. 6 footage I see a wall of white racists foaming at the mouth

As I look at photos and video footage of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, the Black people I see were defenders—either Capitol or Metropolitan Police, Black members of Congress and their staff, or other Capitol workers.

The attackers, a mob of thousands of overwhelmingly white faces, are described as “insurrectionists.” Yet for me and other Black folks I know, the members of that mob evoked images of past assaults on our communities: massacres in Tulsa, Rosewood, East St Louis, Chicago, and New York City—just to name a few. The legacy of lynching was evoked on Jan. 6 by an all-too-familiar noose.

I see the twisted, distorted faces of white people gone wild, and it scares the shit out of me when I think that these people and their families will vote to make their leader, Donald Trump, president of the United States (of a throwback to the Confederacy) once again.

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