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MetiNews.Com - The violent scenes from the US Capitol last week were shocking, disgraceful and utterly barbaric. We must call it what it was – domestic terrorism and a faile
Breaking News ! The violent scenes from the US Capitol last week were shocking, disgraceful and utterly barbaric. We must call it what it was – domestic terrorism and a failed coup. And all those responsible must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. What happened in America is a clear example of what happens when you have political leaders like Donald Trump, who fan the flames of hate and division. So many people called this from the very beginning. It isn’t a game. When someone feeds hate and far-right views, promoting the false notion of stolen elections, it feeds an ego; a dangerous cause. Advertisement Advertisement When one group of people feel they are so superior to everyone else that they believe they can do whatever they want, it is dangerous. And when you add the false narrative that they have been robbed of an election, that ugly pot spills over, it explodes, and it is a worry of what will happen next. The people who were complicit in the injury of Brian Sicknick – the police officer who subsequently died after engaging with protestors – and stormed the Capitol will likely be the same people who said ‘Blue Lives Matter’, who criticised the Black Lives Matter protest for wanting to defund the police, or opposed taking the knee because it was too political and ‘all lives matter’. A police officer was killed while just doing his job. Why didn’t his life matter? Was it because he was stopping these protestors from doing something illegal and they thought they had the right to do whatever they wanted? This is white supremacy on display. Words matter. There is a well-known saying to watch your words because they will become your actions. After the Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally which involved neo-Nazis, President Trump said that there were ‘very fine people on both sides’, and recently told the Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by’. Even after the violence at the Capitol, he told rioters that he loved them. Oh, how quickly he forgot his response to Black Lives Matter when he said: ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts.’ Well, now they have shown themselves for what they truly are: despicable, far-right domestic terrorists. It is a lesson for everybody on how things escalate. But it is not just a US problem, as we look across the pond with horror, we cannot lose sight of the far-right threat in the UK. We ignore it at our peril. In the early days of Trump’s presidency I said the UK must do its utmost to prevent the spread of this hate across the continent. Because as the adage goes, when America sneezes, the UK catches a cold. In November, the UK’s top counter-terrorism officer warned us quite clearly that the right-wing extremism was the nation’s ‘fastest growing threat’. Last year, it emerged that the number of far-right prisoners convicted for terror offences in Britain had risen by a third – a record level. All of this is deeply worrying and has potentially devastating implications. Advertisement Advertisement We cannot ignore the fact that our politics too has been infected by poisonous far-right ideology.
. Separately, a neo-Nazi who plotted to kill my colleague Rosie Cooper MP was jailed in 2019. Last year I had to close my physical office partly due to a substantial rise in abuse and threats against myself and my staff. So, we cannot ignore this threat – we need to tackle it head-on. We must learn lessons from both home and abroad and heed the dire warnings of our police and security forces. And we need to be bold in our opposition against it. Don’t pander to the hate. People are suffering all over the world because of racism, sexism, discrimination of all kinds – we have to stand up and speak out! Be proud of being woke, or as my friends like to say, just being a good person. I know people are dismayed by how easily the crowd overwhelmed the police at the US Capitol. So was I. I wondered how it was possible. Sadly, not every officer was like Eugene Goodman, the hero who faced down the mob alone and diverted them away from the Senate. The video footage of the officers letting the crowds through the barrier was extremely troubling. As were disgraceful clips of police taking selfies with rioters – it is right they have been suspended but that’s not enough, they should be tried for treason and corruption. Advertisement Any corruption and criminal behaviour within the police, at home and abroad, must be stopped. Bad officers, even if a small minority, must be rooted out, punished and jailed – and all of their dealings investigated. If we want to see justice and a better society, we have to have uncomfortable conversations. To strive for a better, more equitable society takes time and effort. If we want working-class white kids to succeed, we don’t pit them against working-class black kids, we dismantle the system that allows discrimination to flourish against them both. The working classes have more in common than a small group of people at the very top. It is about time we all connected, as my friend Jo said, ‘We have far more in common than that which divides us’. Let’s open our eyes to who exactly is sowing the seeds of hate in our country. To deny racism and discrimination exists, or to dismiss it, is in effect trying to keep it embedded in the system. Simply being non-racist is not enough to tackle the problems we are facing. We all must be anti-racist. We must call out racism and discrimination wherever it exists, challenge it, and be vigilant against far-right and all forms of extremism. Enough is enough. Do you have a story you’d like to share? Get in touch by emailing [email protected] MORE : YouTube bans Trump for ‘minimum of seven days’ after deadly Capitol riots Advertisement MORE : Pictures show aftermath inside US Capitol Building after violent siege MORE : Four dead in US Capitol riots as woman shot by police is named Advertisement Advertisement Get your need-to-know latest news, feel-good stories, analysis and more
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