The Capitol Riots Reminds Us that America is Better Than This

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Samuel Corum

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Maylene Diaz, Staff Writer

Terrorism. 

This is the lawful use of violence in the pursuit of political aims. Also known as January 6th, the Trump Insurrection rally.  A mob of thugs made too many unlawful decisions and stormed the Capitol to show support for outgoing President Donald Trump and his claim that the election was rigged. 

Many people were injured, arrested, and five lives were lost including a D.C. police officer.

While the Capitol raid occurred, one of our fellow teachers, Helen Seigel, watched and worried how it would impact younger generations to see the violence made by adults and a leader of our nation.  During her fifth period class, she began to cry as she worried.

Seigel was shocked, “I knew what Congress was going to be doing and I thought this is historic and I want to watch and I saw it unfold in real time, I couldn’t believe… I thought how am I going to teach? How am I going to TEACH?” said Seigel. 

Seigel held back tears and had difficulty speaking while being interviewed for this article.

“We’re in California, I didn’t realize that such a huge amount of people were thinking like this… but I think our leadership opened the door for it to be okay to express horrible things,” said Seigel. 

She continued, “It feeds on itself that mob mentality… some people probably went with intent to do what they did.” 

to see that Confederate flag in the Capitol again”

— Senior, Michelle Contreras

Senior, Michelle Contreras, was hurt by the actions she saw and actions not taken by authorities. She felt had it been people of color marching to the Capitol it would have been a completely different story.

“It was a disgrace to Democracy and my heart is broken to those who fought and lost their lives, then to see that Confederate flag in the Capitol again,” said Contreras. 

Modern day slavery exists. Fear and discrimination exist. The Confederate flag was a threat to disband the Union, but yes, it is still a racist flag. That same Confederate flag was carried and praised all around the Capitol January 6.

Contreras is part of a minority community and felt strongly watching the injustice occur in D.C. 

Contreras continued, “It’s completely unreal that we let this man be president and haven’t learned from history, therefore, white supremacy still rules.”  

One of the terrorists took an American flag and beat a police officer. It was the same people that said, “police lives matter” and praised “blue lives matter.” 

Donald Trump “our leader” was the one that directed these “terrorists” to make that attack.

This is not America, our country was unrecognizable that day. 

Today, I watched our new president, Joe Biden, in his inauguration speech plead for national unity. 

 “This is Democracy’s day. A day of history and hope of renewal and resolve through the crucible ages,” said Biden.

The nation was disgraced on January 6th, let’s not repeat history and do better.