This is who we are
Christina Greer, Ph.D. | 1/14/2021, midnight
The events of last week have shaken so many Americans to the core. The visuals of watching primarily white men and women storm the most hallowed halls of our government and take siege of the United States Capitol building was a frightening sight for not just Americans but people around the globe. We saw a man wave the Confederate flag in the seat of American government while others vandalized offices and even sat at the desk of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives.
Watching Capitol police officers hold the door open while these people draped in Trump flags flooded through the doors while others smashed windows and crawled in is a visual many will not soon forget. Shortly after they were ushered out of the building taking mementos with them such as mail, a podium and ripped signs from doors, members of Congress gathered to certify the 2020 presidential election results and denounce the actions of the day. Far too many politicians and pundits repeated the phrase “this is not who we are as a nation.” This phrase could not be farther from the truth. The United States is a bellicose nation, bloodthirsty, and founded on the four pillars of white supremacy, anti-Black racism, patriarchy and racialized capitalism.
These four horrid qualities are perfectly encapsulated in the current president and far too many of his supporters want to uphold these four pillars. Their screams pertaining to a stolen election were the result of years of the president saying the electoral process was rigged against him. After over 50 lawsuits and weeks trying to convince courts and members of his party he rightfully won the election, he was served one embarrassment after another. Donald Trump will be a regular citizen on January 20th and will also face whatever lawsuits that are brought against him by the New York State attorney general and the Manhattan district attorney for his misdeeds as president as well as actions in which he partook before entering office in January 2017.
The president has also stated he will not attend the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. I don’t think anyone thought Donald Trump would have the decency or class to attend whatever ceremony takes place, but the fact that he refused to concede the election when the votes were initially tallied in mid-November should have been a warning sign about the slow coup we are currently experiencing.
Whatever happens between now and January 20th, sadly we should expect to see some of the bile of America on full display. We will likely feel the effects of the Trump presidency for years to come and we should also be prepared to deal with his bloodthirsty supporters beyond inauguration. Stay vigilant.
Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” and the co-host of the podcast FAQ-NYC and also What’s In It For Us podcast.