On Wednesday, domestic terrorists stormed the Capitol Building, vandalizing property and threatening members of Congress and the media because they don’t like the results of the presidential election.
Videos captured throughout the day show them fighting with police — punching, pepper spraying, and chasing them inside and outside of the Capitol. And for the most part, the police just stood there and took it, despite many of these people being visibly armed.
Anyone who watched the Black Lives Matter protests unfold over the summer will immediately notice a stark difference in how the police treated those protestors vs how they treated these (almost entirely white) rioters.
We know that 95% of BLM protests were peaceful, and there’s countless footage of moments where the police had absolutely zero threat to their lives but still approached protestors with aggressive force, and often arrested people for no apparent reason.
That police choose time and time again to shoot first and ask questions later when it comes to Black people, yet let white terrorists with mace, zip ties, and bombs storm a federal building basically unchallenged, actively putting people’s lives at risk, is a condemnation of the police system as well as the racism embedded so deeply in this country.
People are angry. And it’s not difficult to understand why.