We Are Not United: an Editorial

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Kester Ogunlowo, staff reporter

January 6, 2021, a day many Americans will remember.  Former President Donald Trump rallied a mob of his supporters to riot and violently attack the United States Capitol in an attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election. The riot led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol leaving five dead and many injured. In my opinion, this will go down as the most idiotic event that any president has ever play a part in.

The Proud Boys are a far-right, neo-fascist organization that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada. While the group officially rejects racism, several members relate to white supremacy; US-intelligence describes the group as a dangerous white supremacist group. The Proud Boys’ appearance in the capital riot led to two of the organizers being arrested in Florida. Joseph Biggs, 37, and Jesus Rivera, 37, were arrested in central Florida and face charges of obstructing an official proceeding before Congress, entering a restricted area on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, and disorderly conduct.

In the many pictures taken at the incident, there were over eight different far-right flags that flying throughout the riots, including but not limited to Betsey Ross/America First flag, Three Percenters flag, and “Come and Take It” flag. A man pictured wearing an Oath Keepers hat and Proud Boys’ making the okay sign, now regarded as a white supremacist symbol. After the riots ended, Trump let out a video stating, “I know your pain, I know your hurt, we had an election that was stolen from us…We have to go home, we have to have peace, we have to have law and order”.

The second most surprising thing about the riot at the capital was the number of African Americans there. Of course, I knew there are some ill-informed African American men or women out there, but I am still dumbfounded at the number of black people at the riot. These ill-informed men and women do not know that Trump is not with the black community. He does not stand for us, he does not fight for us, and most importantly,  WE DO NOT WANT HIM. He may have been president, but he has not shown his support for the African American community.