In the wake of the riot at the United States Capitol last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken a racial angle stating that “whiteness” is to blame for the anger that boiled over.
Specifically, during a video conference, Pelosi wove together the COVID-19 pandemic, the Epiphany, and the riot, stating:
“When that assault was taking place on the Capitol, 3,865 people in our country died of the coronavirus, many of them people of color because of the injustice of it all. The next day, on Thursday, 4,000 people died of the coronavirus. Why? Because decisions were made at the highest level, months before in the Oval Office, of denial, distortion, delay, calling it a ‘hoax.’ I thought it was going to be an epiphany for those who were in opposition of our democracy to see the light. Instead, it was an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country, led by this President, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy. That’s what this is about.” [emphasis added]
Please share your thoughts in the cement section on this page. Do you believe the riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol last week was because “there are people in our country, led by this President…who have chosen their whiteness over democracy,” as Nancy Pelosi stated?