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America’s history of double standards and racism has led to an insurrection.

On January 6, The U.S. Capitol building was stormed, attacked and overtaken. Not by foreign enemies or groups of sophisticated spies, but by average American Citizens — in this case, domestic terrorists. It resulted in several Capitol police officers being severely injured and one killed, along with several other injuries and four more casualties. Since then, several commentators, experts, lawmakers, analysts and “talking heads” have made the claim that this event was “un-American.”

“This is not America!” is what I hear over and over. For those who share that sentiment, I’d like to share some news — this is definitely America. Angry mobs taking the law into their own hands through means of violence and terrorism is uniquely American, and it always has been.

The evidence has been right in front of our faces since the country’s inception, so to think otherwise is to live in denial and delusion.

If atrocities like the Tulsa race massacres of 1921 (on top of several other race massacres led by white mobs), centuries of brutal chattel slavery, a deadly Civil War, the Trail of Tears, Japanese Internment Camps, church bombings, church shootings, school shootings and the consistent police brutality against unarmed young Black men didn’t show you America’s true colors, then your eyes have been closed. As much as you may not want to admit it, you’ve been living in denial and delusion if you believe the events from January 6 aren’t characteristic of America.

Now, I’m not saying the attempted coup that happened isn't unique or a turning point in our country’s history, because it absolutely is. What I’m saying is that this isn’t unlike other atrocities that have gone on to define who we are as a country. Large angry white mobs have a history of successfully storming and attacking government buildings in America with the intention of taking the law into their own hands.