January 6th, 2021 will forever be a tainted and disgraceful day in our history books.
This is inexcusable. Let me start with the basics of how a county can fall on its knees — the moment a nation begins to rip apart its’ own democratic process, begins to discredit Freedom of the Press, have a leader in power who aspires to instill their fear-mongering agenda is all it takes to bring down one of the richest countries in the world.
Donald Trump broke a nation.
Fake News. Radical Left. Make America Great Again. Blue Lives Matter.
The spew of propaganda and lies from Donald Trump and Fox News grew exponentially out of hand to the point where Americans can no longer come together in a room to have logical conversations with one another anymore.
Black lives matter isn’t up for a political debate. Black people and POC are simply trying to have basic human rights similar to those of a white person in this country.
I understand many of us didn’t take Donald Trump seriously because the nonsense that came from his mouth was ridiculous and idiotic. But once you manage to gather like-minded people who are just as ridiculous and extreme it becomes a danger to democracy.
Compliance Led to This Moment
Our democracy fell because we kept hitting the snooze button when the alarms were blaring in our ears. The Republican Senators who continue to be complicit to the demands of Trump, his supporters who blindly follow his orders, tech companies who didn’t regulate misinformation, White Supremacist groups who backed-up Trump, Russia interference with our elections, Republicans who were too spineless to get Trump impeached and the list can go on. What occurred yesterday was no accident. The Capitol Hill building opened its doors up to racism, to bigoted, and to hatred.
How many more passes are we going to give Donald Trump? Our democracy is crumbling and millions of Americans are affected by the racism and inaction of our political lawmakers.
Along with the global pandemic virus that’s taken the lives of many Americans, we must deal with the deeply rooted racist systems that have kept minorities oppressed and stripped of their equal rights along with racists pro-Trump followers who want to keep these harmful policies in place. The United States of America was built from the backs of enslaved Black people, it was built from the colonization of Native Americans, and the overtaking of other countries that didn’t abide by America’s standard of democracy.
As Americans, when are we going to acknowledge that this dark and horrific part of our history is what makes America? Donald Trump is simply a piece of a larger domino effect that we must acknowledge and redirect.
If we learned anything from these past four years, it’s that politics truly has an impact in our daily lives — it can prevent mass shootings, it can help our education system, it can help our health care workers, and help regain human rights to oppressed groups. But what we’ve seen is the opposite effect — we’ve seen chaos and corruption within our political system.
The world is watching us more closely than ever to see where is the country that brought so much hope and freedom for those nations that felt suppressed in their own land? Where is the country that held out its hands for the less fortunate? As a proud daughter of immigrants, my parents sought out the help of this nation when their own motherland couldn’t provide a safe space for them.
The Statue of Liberty is the identity of what our American ideologies are and we must always uphold the celebration of democracy: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Celebrating our differences and unifying together shouldn’t be a mighty task to ask for. Embracing different ideas and collaborating our resources to help one another out can solve many of our problems.
But one major lesson we must carry with us is that it took a group of people to bring down our democracy and it can happen again. History repeats itself and the next Donald Trump will come again. But how will we react when the time comes?
As Maya Angelou beautifully said once, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”