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What if the rioters who breached the US Capitol were Black?

The scene was unlike anything we’d ever witnessed.

An angry mob descended on Capitol Hill after attending a rally where President Donald Trump erroneously claimed the election was stolen and directed his followers to confront members of Congress.

“We’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you,” Trump said at the rally. “We’re going to walk down … to the Capitol and we are going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.”

The crowd took his message to heart.

It marched to Capitol Hill as members of Congress prepared to confirm Joe Biden as the country’s next president. When it got there, all hell broke loose.

Rioters quickly pushed through barricades that were guarded by a token force of Capitol police officers. They broke through windows and scrambled inside, using ropes and ladders to climb the walls.

Click Here to read the entire column on WHYY.org

Photo: Rioters climb wall of Capitol building. By Blink O’fanaye. Creative Commons License

 

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