President-elect Joe Biden noted Thursday the double standards in the law enforcement response to the violation of Capitol Hill by an insurgent mob and Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters calling for racial justice in the United States.
“Nobody can tell me that a group of Black Lives Matter who protested yesterday would have been treated very, very differently from a lot of thugs who stormed the Capitol,” Biden said in a speech on Thursday in Wilmington. Delaware, where he presented candidates for his Department of Justice.
“We all know that’s true. And it’s unacceptable. “
President-elect Joe Biden noted Thursday the double standards in the law enforcement response to the violation of Capitol Hill by an insurgent mob and Black Lives Matter protesters calling for racial justice in the United States [Susan Walsh/AP Photo]During the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests that erupted across the country in mid-2020, law enforcement agencies used overwhelming force in dozens of cities, including chemical dispersants, rubber bullets, and hand-to-hand combat with largely peaceful crowds from some recalcitrant vandals and looters. More than 14,000 were arrested.
Police said on Wednesday that 68 people had been arrested, the majority for violating a curfew imposed by the Mayor of Washington, DC. This despite the fact that several weapons were seized and improvised explosive devices were found. Members of a wild mob were escorted from the premises, some not even handcuffed.
Vice President Kamala Harris, a former California attorney general, said the U.S. judicial system does not apply equally to whites and blacks in the U.S., rich and poor, and promised to eradicate inequality.
“The challenge we face in our country affects more than the actions of the few we saw yesterday,” she said on Thursday.
“It’s about how to reform a judicial system that doesn’t work the same way for everyone,” she said, “a judicial system that is experienced differently depending on whether you’re white or black.”
Black Lives Matter protesters arrested by NYPD officials on Brooklyn Bridge in New York [Yuki Iwamura/AP Photo]Activists and commentators rushed to blow up what they believed was an obvious demonstration of racist double standards when it comes to monitoring black protesters against a crowd of largely white supporters of President Donald Trump.
“When black people protest for our lives, we are too often hit by National Guard or police forces armed with assault rifles, shields, tear gas and combat helmets,” the Global Network Foundation told Black Lives Matter in a statement.
“When whites attempt a coup, they are met by overwhelming numbers of law enforcement officers who act powerless to intervene and go so far as to pose for selfies with terrorists,” it said.
DC National Guard military policemen and law enforcement officers line up during a protest against the death of George Floyd near the White House in Washington, DC [File: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]In June, Trump administration officials used lightning grenades and tear gas to evacuate BLM protesters to facilitate a now infamous photo op outside a church near the White House while they turned a Bible upside down.
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter also expressed dismay, some blaming Trump.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama also spoke out on the matter.
“The protests against Black Lives this summer were mostly peaceful movements,” she said in a statement she shared on Twitter.
“And yet, day after day, we saw peaceful demonstrators in city after city who met with brutal violence,” she said.
Like all of you, I have felt so many emotions since yesterday. I tried to put my thoughts down here: pic.twitter.com/9xzRvrpk7y
– Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 7, 2021
The Capitol itself reflects racial segregation. It was built with the help of enslaved Africans, whose blood and sweat later enabled union leaders to meet there and strategize their struggle against the slave-friendly Confederates.
On Wednesday, pictures emerged showing black guards inside the Capitol sweeping up the broken glass and rubbish left behind by the rioters.
A worker cleaned up rubble in front of the US Capitol one day after the US President Donald Trump’s storm and stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA [Erin Scott/Reuters]NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the people who violated the Capitol on Wednesday should not be viewed as patriotic.
“This is not a protest or activism; This is an insurrection, an attack on our democracy and a coup d’état instigated by President Trump, ”Johnson said.