Maryland leaders from around the State came together to speak out against the shameless display of disruptive politics that occurred in the District of Columbia when pro-Trump supporters rushed the Capitol in an attempt to delay the Electoral College vote count. After those in Congress ran for cover while protesters scurried up walls, broke windows and invaded congressional offices, a curfew was called and the D.C. National Guard summoned.
As the world watched in horror, protesters assaulted our Nation’s Capital. It was obvious to people of color that white protesters were treated with respect and without force. This gentle handling allowed these protesters to create mayhem. We all know that if the protesters were Black or brown or were supporting an issue relating to people of color that they would have been brutalized, jailed, hospitalized or dead.
As leaders, we recognize how frustrating it is for socially and politically conscious people to sit back and not take action when there is a gross affront to our civil liberties. However, this time we believe that is exactly what the current leadership wants — a counterdemonstration that will continue to disrupt our democracy. Therefore, we ask that no such counterprotest be initiated.
The way that America continues to mistreat people of color, who simply want to be treated fairly, is a national disgrace! Dr. King’s words ring true: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!”
We call upon our white counterparts to publicly condemn the atrocities that took place at our Nation’s Capital on Jan. 6, 2021. We should hold Congressman Andy Harris and other elected officials accountable by calling for their immediate resignation.
We send prayers for our nation during this time that was referred to as an “insurrection.” We send prayers to the families for those who lost loved ones and we pray that calm and peace will reign over the Congress, the streets of the District of Columbia and our Nation.
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The writer is president of the Harford County Caucus of African American Leaders.