The Take:The election actually will be called today and why we should worry about right wing violence after Trump's abhorrent presser
Yesterday, I said the election would be called. If Philly didn't lose an hour counting votes because of a Trump lawsuit and Allegheny County would have counted votes yesterday we would have had a winner. We will have a winner declared today and it will be Joe Biden. The question is what happens next? Most have been concerned about whether Trump would cede power in any type of normal way or whether he would foment violence and civil strife. It was clear from his bonkers presser yesterday, that there is reason for concern.
We have seen lots of acts of violence from right wing Trump supporters over the last few months and years:
The armed militia Covid/anti-masks protests have involved armed folks storming state houses in Michigan, Kentucky and elsewhere
The plot to kidnap the MI governor
The shooting and killing two peaceful protestors in Wisconsin
Let's be clear that past dangerous rhetoric from Trump has led his supporters into violence to the point of wanting to create an insurrection against a duly elected governor. Trump will lie and steam and the good news is that most of the country has ignored his pleas to undermine democracy. We need to stay vigilant, appeal to the better angels, and proceed with the norms in our democratic institutions about the peaceful transfer of power.
The rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is appalling and we all must be in action whether through #bystanderintervention, #reporting, and/or #advocating for civil protections.
#racialjustice #asianamerican #stophate #stopracism #stopaapihate #stopasianhate
When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We've braved the belly of the beast
We've learned that quiet isn't always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always just-ice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we've weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
Where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one
And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine
but that doesn’
I don't think any of us have any doubt that peaceful protests lead by BIPOC communities are treated differently. We saw this in the uprising this summer. Can you imagine if there was a violent storming of the Capitol? There's just no way there would be such a light law enforcement, no way there would have been a small number of arrests, no way it wouldn't have been met with law enforcement violence, no way folks would have been casually walking in and out of the Capitol. I'm glad the media are using appropriate terms like insurrection, mob violence, and domestic terrorism, and accountability is now required.
#impeach and #convict