On My Soapbox: Why we’re mad

This column represents the thoughts and opinions of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.

This column comes from the events that happened in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon. If you think you might be offended by what you are going to read, turn the page now.

If you’re still reading, understand that I do not want to make this a race issue. I do not want to make this a political issue. But there is really no way around it.

There is a double standard in the America that we live in. Unfortunately, it was made very blatant this week when the Capitol was stormed.

I have seen many people try to compare this event to Black Lives Matter protests. I am the first to say violence, rioting and looting are not the answer. I will also say I understand why the violence, rioting and looting happened.

BLM was originally about equality. Not that black lives are more valuable, but that our lives should be treated equally. When black people are dying at the hands of those who are sworn to protect and serve, while others of a different race aren’t dealt even an interruption in their lives for similar offenses, there is a problem.

Storming the Capitol was about the election. The democratic process is not life or death and shouldn’t have provoked that response. But it did, and government officials knew what was coming.

Many know it, but only few will say it – if those were black people, there would have been more dead bodies and arrests.

The group that stormed the Capitol was referred to by many as “protesters.” They should be referred to as terroists.

Where was the National Guard protection – not after the fact, but before the attack? Where were the rubber bullets and tear gas? It was non-existent at first. Eventually, there were orders for more protection, but why wait so late? With BLM, “safety measures” were in place well before protests.

The double standard is clear. Racism is still alive and well, but some people choose to ignore it.

That’s why we’re mad. When I say we, I mean African Americans.

I don’t support violence and rioting. I gave my thoughts on kneeling for the flag and I was criticized and scrutinized by several people.

Professional athletes took a knee to start the conversation and bring awareness to social injustices. They were called “overpaid, crybabies.” This week, terrorists stormed the Capitol because they felt the election was stolen and COVID-19 was the cover up.

Reverse the roles and tell me you’re not upset.

I’m going to get off my soapbox now, but I will not come off of who I am and what I believe. Not everyone will agree, but that doesn’t mean we have to be at odds with each other. Having conversations and addressing issues fixes them.

“We’re not asking you to shoot them like you shoot us, we’re asking you to NOT shoot us like you don’t shoot them.”

- Davonte Harris

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