By Valerie Rice | January 7, 2021
The world watched in horror yesterday as the country once described as having the strongest democracy was assaulted at gunpoint by a group of homegrown terrorists. Many of us huddled in our homes, waiting for the fall of our country, which we have predicted for the last four years. No, I am not talking about living in fear; I am talking about the 2016 election being met with worldwide protests and our disgust as the cult of 45 has grown and the illegalities of the party not being addressed. This is not a normal post, but I want to point out the massive disparities of the realities between the left and the right. This has wrought destruction and harm to the entire nation and our allies in all mental health.
The left, or basically anyone who is not Republican, has been protesting, marching, petitioning, and voting. To be perfectly honest, it has felt like howling into a void in frustration as law after law was violated by the administration. We watched as civil rights were attacked, men and women murdered by police for no reason other than the color of their skin, domestic terrorists being allowed to roam free under the guise of patriotism, and degraded for wanting equity and order. Not only degraded, but our peaceful protesters were gassed, shot, arrested, and imprisoned for exercising their right to dissent. On top of all of that, the media was demonized to the point that only lies are glorified and every citizen is so confused they have to research on their own. Some of us have tried desperately to mend fences before but to no avail. This led to the rise of the cult and the fascism that appeared yesterday. Families have been set against each other thanks to gaslighting, and the sedition perpetrated is unforgivable.
I watched a mob of angry white people with guns overtake our nation’s capitol with the help of police. We heard them break through barriers and vandalize one of the most sacred buildings in our democracy. They terroried our government officials and our people. They held the nation hostage for hours demanding their supreme leader remain in power. It was high treason. I said what I said. In my fear and desperation I called my father for comfort only to be told that it was a peaceful protest. He was completely blind to the evidence of his own eyes. In my hysteria, I forgot myself. I dropped my “family filter” and told him he was in a cult, confronted his blindness, and hung up knowing he was not an ally. So I called my sister and dearest love to warn her, we made a plan of how to meet up, and what steps to take if the government fell. We cried, and then I hung up.
My daughter’s father called and argued that this was nothing, BLM was worse, and so on. I yelled at him, too. I Criticized him for comparing apples to oranges, ignoring the double standard, and hiding behind White Privilege. Ice flooded my veins as I realized I was all alone in a land of ignorance and hate, hidden by smiles and artificial support and conditional affection. Nothing I have said or done in four years made a difference in my circle unless I cut them out. I became physically ill at the realization that this cult had dug its claws deeper than just the zealous, and hunkered down waiting with very little hope that someone would end the madness. When it did end, with peace instead of the violence so typical of US altercations, it was unreal. Police are not in need of training; they are racist AF. It was all there, it unfolded live in front of the world. We need to change. Now.
I’m sorry, this is where I have words of comfort and a path forward. The system is broken. The best way forward is not to forgive and forget. It is to unequivocally rebuke those who supported this, and all those who cling to the ideals represented. I am not even sorry. Every single person in the US needs to pick a side. There has been war brewing for years, and this revolt was planned and coordinated for weeks on parler and tiktok and other social media. They were warned, they helped it happen, and they LET it happen. So take a stand and let’s just clear it away. Either you are my ally or my enemy in this war on the people and democracy, and I won’t stand for racism, bigotry, and hate. I won’t take white supremacy in stride. We need to arrest and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law every single person who was there, assisted, and incited this incident. We need to come together as a nation and denounce the actions of January the 6th, mark it as a day of infamy, and send the message that we will not be bullied. The ties that bind are going to be the bonds of empathy and justice for me, not blood or imagined obligation. Only then can we move on and heal. Stay safe, and Be Well.