“This needs to end!” National Civil Rights Museum reacts to riots at Capitol Hill

“This needs to end!” National Civil Rights Museum reacts to riots at Capitol Hill
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Source: Julio Cortez)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The National Civil Rights Museum has released a statement after a pro-Tump mob stormed Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

The museum started the statement with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King once said, “We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.” Words matter. Leadership matters. The siege on Capitol Hill yesterday during the joint Congress’ ratification of the presidential election should be condemned, not coddled. What the world witnessed yesterday was not a protest, but a riotous mob and an insurrection. We need to call it what it is. The intent was to overthrow our democracy, the will of American voters and to undermine our constitutional process – not to secure an inalienable right. It matters that, while we don’t always agree, we can be civil. We also must seek to be fair and equitable in our response to those who are true peaceful protestors. The unpreparedness of law enforcement for an event that was both created and promoted to undermine democracy is curious at best. The peaceful protests that were interrupted last spring and summer by those who wanted to create chaos, were met with police in riot gear and, in DC, the military. We cannot deny the difference in the handling of those groups that were predominantly black and marching to protect the lives of black people, to the treatment yesterday’s rioters received. The response yesterday poured salt on the gaping wounds of racism that persist in this country. We must not perpetuate this behavior and make excuses for it. Enough is enough! This needs to end!
National Civil Rights Museum

Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner early Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election, undercut the nation’s democracy and keep Trump in the White House.

The Capitol was under siege Wednesday, as the nation’s elected representatives scrambled to crouch under desks and don gas masks while police futilely tried to barricade the building, one of the most jarring scenes ever to unfold in a seat of American political power.

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