Letter to the Editor: Racism exists and U.S. Capitol insurrection showed it

Ryan Glasper-Watson, Guest Writer

January 6th is a date that will never be forgotten. What was transcribed on that day is disgusting and disrespectful. Our U.S.Capitol building was stormed and vandalized and five people were murdered. People try to paint what happened on that date as an act of protest. It was an act of terrorism. It also shows just how racist our country and government are.

The disgraceful Confederate flag was in our capitol building. The same flag that has the ideology that slavery was a good thing. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Those words left Trump’s fingers as he tweeted this out when the riots and protests were at their peak last year.

As an African-American, yesterday was a wake-up call. It shows how different African Americans and White people are treated in this country. It shows that white privilege is more than what we thought. The blatant racism in this country is distasteful. African-Americans live in constant fear and anxiety of just casually walking in the street. I am scared of even owning a car. The stares that I get in public make me uncomfortable and unsettled. When another Black person is either beaten or murdered I am not shocked anymore. I am numb when another life is lost due to the hands of someone that is not mature enough to handle things the right way and keep race out of the issue.

Not all cops are bad but there are too many that are. What should we call the people that committed this act of treason? Thugs or Patriots? Change is needed in this country. We all must come together and do something more than rioting and protesting. We must do what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did. We must keep true to peaceful protesting and hold rallies. Let our words do the work. We must harass the politicians. Not at their homes but in the press. Be Smart. Do not forget the names. Rayshard Brooks, Daniel Prude, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atantiana Jefferson, Rodney King, Aura Rosser, Stephon Clark, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and many more lost in the hands of our corrupt government. We must fight for them. Fight for real justice. Fight for Change.