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OHF Weekly: Riots at the Capitol

Volume 3 Number 2

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White Supremacy, An America Love Story
by Clay Rivers

Where exactly to begin? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve started this essay. Volumes will be written about the failed coup and botched response (if not by design) by law enforcement for years to come. Anything I write here will only scratch the surface. With that in mind, I’m going to focus on a point I made a week ago: There is no depth to some people’s hatred of Black people and loyalty to white supremacy.

Need proof? Complete the following sentence.

If the domestic terrorists/insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2020, had been Black, ______________________________.

My response: the Capitol Police, National Guard, and all four branches of the military would have been deployed in full body armor, brandishing batons, with fire hoses, police dogs, and ultra military-grade tear gas in tow. And nary the sole of one shoe worn by a single Black person would have come with twenty yards of touching a step of the U.S. Capitol. Yea, nary a sole.

If you’ve been living in these United States for at least the last twelve months, you understand the elements that make my completion of the sentence wholly accurate:

  1. America’s fear and loathing of Black people
  2. America’s love of white supremacy

Read the article in Our Human Family.

Insurrection at the Capitol: Why Words Matter
by Drew Downs

Photo by Paddy O Sullivan from Pexels

On January 6, 2021, domestic terrorists and demonstrators besieged the U.S. Capitol. An event that was precipitated by rallies and messages of a stolen election. People were lead there by words.

For years, we’ve been fighting over the power of words and their ensuing actions. And each time, in the midst of horrifying violence or incredible harassment, many have said “Words matter.” But so often it would seem that they don’t.

We’re left to see a divided reality of two fundamentally separated substances: either words or actions.

But we don’t treat them as equal. One is ephemeral and non-existent. The other is physical and real. It reminds me of the ancient philosophy, Gnosticism which tries to separate the spiritual from the flesh. So we act as if our words, once said out loud, dissolve into nothing, but our bodies, our actions, remain.

In the wake of the shooting of an unarmed Black person or school children, a leader can offer “thoughts and prayers.” This is in fact what they are materially offering their constituents — thoughts and prayers. Then we fight about how these are just words and not action. Or perhaps that this is the substance of action.

Read the article in Our Human Family.

How Racism Left a Black Woman Naked and Handcuffed
by Estacious(Charles White)

Photo by Jessica Felicio on Unsplash

She stands in her sanctuary — the bedroom of her home — after a long day, and her tired feet bark as she pulls off shoes that have pounded the streets of Chicago all day.

She eyes her bed with anticipation as she removes the last of clothing from her body. A body she believed was her own in 2019.

Naked, she stands and contemplates tomorrow’s challenges in the privacy of her God-given mind.

Suddenly her front door flies off its hinges and crashes loudly against the wall.

It’s a gang. The blue gang. Not the Crips or even the Gangsta Disciples. This gang wears badges and carries weapons that were once reserved for the battlefield. A gang whose weapons of ole were whips and dogs and their prey were runaway slaves chasing freedom with freed hounds biting at their feet.

They drag her naked like her ancestors into the living room of her home — what’s supposed to be a sacred place. She is made to stand before them as if on the auction block in only what God gave her, as the ones sworn to serve and protect her proceed to handcuff her.

Read the article in Our Human Family.

Coming Soon

Cover photo by Russ Rowland

OHF Magazine, Issue 2 Fall/Winter 2021. This issue’s inspiration: the prescient words of one of America’s premier authors, James Baldwin. Including articles by Rebecca Hyman, Sherry Kappel, TM Lankford-MSC, MAT, John Metta, Lecia Michelle, Clay Rivers, and William Spivey. Available late January.

Love one another.

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