Because racism is perceived as inherently evil, racists have used other forms of validation to coverup their true beliefs. For many years the "states rights" banner was used to represent the actions of racists. Then 12 years ago when the first African American president was elected racism hid behind the Tea Party banner of a tax revolt and deficit spending. It was no mystery that the Tea Party went silent when Trump became president and had the largest increase in the national debt in our country's history. It never was about taxes it was always a platform for racism against Obama. Over the past couple of months, the new racist banner has morphed into ballot integrity and stolen elections. As shown in the pictures above taken at the Capitol riot sometimes the racism of the protest comes out into the open.
The changing color of our population is causing the same backlash as the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Violent pushback of the 1960s with killings by racists led by leaders like George Wallace is now upon us again led a racist like Donald Trump. I fear for our political leaders today as they will likely be targets for assassination just like Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. We shouldn't be surprised that the Speaker of the House informed House members that purchasing bulletproof vests could be charged to their office expenses. We are just beginning on a rough ride as a country as right-wing militias mount a war on the democracy in our country.
I was saddened to see the fences topped with razor wire go up around the Capitol after the January 6th riot. I remember spending a warm summer evening in the early 1970s taking the bus down to the Capitol to listen to a concert on the steps of the Capitol with one of the military bands. Watching the sunset on the Capitol while listening to the bands was some of my earliest memories of being a new resident of DC.