Have you noticed? There is something disturbing about the Capitol riots global media coverage. It again glorifies whiteness. Yes, take a look. Whether it’s the buffoons who raided the landmark unmasked and unfettered by any decency or with all due respect, the white Capitol policeman who lost his life, all the individuals the media highlights are white.
But the reality is that there were black and brown heroes at the Capitol too. They fought with all their might to defend the very seat of democracy and the Congress and Senate representatives that uphold it. Why then is the mainstream media not talking about these people, why do they seem to have disappeared into a Bermuda Triangle of information?
Trump is bad, there is no doubt about that, but he does have a point when he talks about the biased media. I think that is literally the only thing I can agree with him on, and even that makes me queasy. But to my point: if you only broadcast a portion of the truth, not the whole truth, you are manipulating the narrative, and thereby influencing public opinion, and that is not a good thing.
You see, the white supremacists that attempted to muzzle democracy at the Capitol did so to prevent a multiracial government from coming into being – in short, they did so to prevent black and brown people from being in positions of power.
These racists were violently pushing back against a multiracial society, they were saying :
«No, we don’t want black and brown people making decisions about America».
That was their message, the reason behind their insidious actions. Yet, after feigning disgust with these unconscionable acts, media outlets are giving them an obscene amount of visibility – which will help these unruly white nationalists recruit more people for their abhorrent movement. So, here’s a perfect example of the white supremacist inclined media providing a platform for its brotherhood that attacked the Capitol. It’s deplorable.
The amount of lengthy articles that I have read over the past few days detailing with Swiss clock precision the entire lives of these hooligans – from cradle to Capitol rioter is quite nauseating. Do I really need to know the ins and outs of a gullible QAnon disciple who believes in a global pedophile network of blood-drinking satanic worshippers? Common, give me a break.
There couldn’t have been only white people in the Capitol that day, so why does the mainstream media act like that was the case? Why aren’t they giving us the balanced news that we are entitled to?
I’ve searched the internet for these black and brown heroes and have come across videos like this one where a black Capitol police officer is singlehandedly pushing back a white mob before he finally gets back up. It’s bone-chilling to watch:
This nameless black hero and countless others like him were some of the true defenders of democracy that day, but they are relegated to anonymity while US Representative Jason Crow is glorified for comforting Democratic Representative Susan Wild.
I’m looking for more testimonials of black and brown heroism at the Capitol. Share in the comments section any that you may find.
In conclusion, I would say that to me, a black woman, it seems that the exclusion of these narratives about black and brown heroism is intentional. Mainstream media doesn’t want to show black and brown people saving white lives and this in itself is absurd.
Given that racial tensions are running high, they should be showing this because, in as much as black lives don’t matter for many of those Capitol rioters, black policemen showed by their very actions that white lives matter. They fought to preserve them. They deserve to be glorified and idolized. They deserve to be known, their stories deserve to be told.
America has a race problem, we all know that. To fix it requires all hands on deck — from the politicians to the communities, to the media and the citizens themselves, everyone needs to work together to fix the problem.
Given its large influence, the mainstream media’s role is of the utmost importance and they have a responsibility — no, a duty to tell the whole truth. Recounting the narratives of black people protecting white people is important and will go a long way in helping the racial reckoning and healing that America so desperately needs.
Thanks for reading my perspective.
Since the publication of this piece, mainstream media has finally recognized the valor of Eugene Goodman, a black Capitol police officer. Click on this link to read about him. There were others, and I wish that mainstream media will share their stories and actions too.