Terrorists Storming The United States Capitol

Imagine if Black people were storming the Capitol and what would’ve happened?

Jim Rome
January 07, 2021 - 9:18 am
Boston Celtics

USA Today

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I have said it before and I will say it again: this is a sports show. And you probably know by now that when I say this is a sports show, I’m about to talk about something that is not sports related.

Because while this is a sports show, I take pride in the fact that it is not an ignorant show. Sure, there might be room for some dopes at times, but this is not an ignorant show.

I know some of you aren’t going to want to hear about this. I know your reaction will be  that you come here to get away from that. I get that, but you can’t ignore it. And I’d challenge some of you to consider why you don’t want to hear about this. Why exactly is that?

The United States Capitol, the seat of our government, was breached and you want to ignore it. You just want to move on?

As a nation, we were attacked. Barriers were stormed, police officers were attacked. Terrorists with zip ties were spotted in the halls of Congress. They managed to do what no enemy of America has been able to do in more than 200 years and you’d rather talk about Bradley Beal going for 60 points last night?

There is absolutely no way that the morning after terrorists stormed the United States Capitol in an attempted coup that I am going to start the show by talking about Tom Brady and Chase Young. I’ll get to that later, but when a group attacks the United States Capitol, that is going to lead this show.

Just so we’re clear, I don’t want to be talking about it. I’d rather be talking about the New York Knicks. I’m not here to talk about politics. But what happened yesterday is not politics. What happened yesterday is terrorism, pure and simple.

The FBI defines terrorism as “violent, criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.” That’s what happened yesterday.

And if you have an issue with that word being applied to what happened, I suggest you take a long look in the mirror. Because that’s exactly what that was.

And if your resistance to using that word is because they were largely white and wearing red white and blue, I suggest you think about that as well. Just because they were chanting “USA! USA!” Doesn’t mean they were doing anything in the name of America. You don’t storm the United States Capitol and attempt to disrupt democracy in the name of America.

If you swap out yesterday’s terrorists for people with foreign accents or different skin color, you might be tempted to call it terrorism. And you might be thinking it was one of the worst days in American history.

And I suggest that you do not make any attempt at a false equivalency with protest. And you sure as hell better not be drawing comparisons between demonstrations against racist police violence over the summer and what happened yesterday.

The protests over the summer were demonstrations against racist police violence. It was about protecting lives. Yesterday wasn't a protest.

Protest is normal. Protest is good. Nothing about violently storming the United States Capitol is normal or good. And it should not be treated as such. There should be no attempts to justify what happened.

You see, language is important. Language matters. Because it tells you something about this country. If you see what happened yesterday and you want to call it a protest, consider why you’re doing that. 

Draymond Green made that point after the Warriors game last night.

And if you were wringing your hands about looters breaking windows at a Target over the summer, I sure as hell hope you are raging about terrorists destroying and looting the US Capitol.

If you were calling me over the summer, angry about someone looting a store, I hope you are on the phone to your elected officials demanding accountability and justice. And if some of your elected officials are the ones inciting this, I hope you’re lighting up their phone lines.

Because those weren’t protestors. It was violent terrorists, who breached the United States Capitol, attacked police officers, destroying property, storming the office of the Speaker of the House. Members of Congress had to be evacuated.

Again, if a terrorist organization from another country had tried something like this, they would be thrilled with the results.

So don’t come in here and call them protests or say that yesterday was in any way normal. According to reports, multiple pipe bombs were discovered. As were Molotov cocktails. And numerous firearms.

In other words, as horrible as yesterday was, as big a stain as it was on American history, it could’ve been so much worse. And some folks showed up looking to make it worse. 

And if you want to compare this to the summer, if you can’t see the two different Americas that exist, Kevin Love has a few thoughts. He tweeted:

An absolute disgrace what’s happening at the US Capitol right now. And a blatant example of inequity in how law enforcement chooses to deal with those involved.

Boston Celtic Jaylen Brown expanded on that theme when he spoke with the media yesterday.

To put it another way, as Doc Rivers said, “When you saw the protests in summer, you saw the riots or more the police and the national guard and the army. And then you see this and you saw nothing. It basically proves the point about a privileged life in a lot of ways.

I’ll say it because I don’t think a lot of people want to, could you imagine today if those were all Black people storming the Capitol and what would’ve happened? So that to me is a picture that’s worth 1,000 words for all of us to see and probably something for us to reckon with again. No police dogs turned on people, no billy clubs hitting people, people peacefully being escorted out of the Capitol. So it shows that you can disperse a crowd peacefully, I guess, would be the one thing.”

What we witnessed yesterday was an attack on democracy and an attack on America. It’s not normal, it’s not right. It needs to be talked about. It cannot be ignored.