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False Equivalency Between Black Lives Matter And The Violent Rightwing Pro-Trump Capitol Siege: Experts, Advocates
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Rudy Canoza
2021-08-14 19:15:41 UTC
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False equivalency between Black Lives Matter and Capitol siege: Experts,
advocates
Comparisons are "absurd," they said.
Of course they are. The large majority of BLM protests last summer were
peaceful, even if they were angry; only a few degenerated into violence, and
that was only by a tiny minority of opportunists. The Jan 6 insurrection was
violent from the outset.

Another difference was in the goals. The BLM protests were intended to raise
consciousness of racist policing. The insurrection was intended to overturn an
election ad overthrow the Constitution. The intent was to stop the
certification of Joe Biden's victory in a free, fair and clean election, and
keep Trump illegally in office. It may have been a naïve and hopeless and
idiotic goal, but that *was* the goal.
On Jan. 6, rioters coming from a pro-Trump rally broke into the U.S.
Capitol, resulting in deaths, injuries, arrests and vandalism.
Fiery exchanges took place when House lawmakers convened Wednesday to
impeach President Donald Trump for a historic second time, just one week
after a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol grounds. As Democrats
railed against the insurrectionists, some Republicans repeatedly drew
comparisons between last summer's Black Lives Matter protests and the
Capitol siege of Jan. 6.
PHOTO: (left and right) Protesters participating in a Black Lives Matter
rally, left, march to downtown Pittsburgh to protest the death of George
Floyd and people listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, Washington.
APAP
In this combination of photos, on June 7, 2020, protesters participating
in a Black Lives Matter ral...
MORE: A visual timeline on how the attack on Capitol Hill unfolded
Comparisons between Black Lives Matter and what happened on Capitol Hill
are false equivalencies, said several experts and advocates who spoke with
ABC News.
'They lit actual flames!'
During Wednesday's hearing, several Congress members made impassioned
cases for and against impeaching President Trump. During these speeches,
some lawmakers denounced what they called the white supremacy among the
Capitol rioters, while others accused Democrats of hypocrisy by supporting
Black Lives Matter protests but condemning Trump supporters.
MORE: House poised to impeach Trump for a 2nd time
"If we fail to remove a White supremacist president who incited a white
supremacist insurrection, it's communities like Missouri's first district
that suffer the most," said Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri during her speech
in support of impeachment. "The 117th Congress must understand that we
have a mandate to legislate in defense of Black lives, the first step in
that process is to root out white supremacy starting with impeaching the
White supremacist in chief."
Rep. Bush made history as the first Black Congresswoman to be elected in
the state. Missouri’s first district has a majority Black population and
usually leans blue, according to an election website.
PHOTO: Fires burn around downtown during a second night of protests after
the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc., Aug 24, 2020.
Scott Olson/Getty Images, FILEScott Olson/Getty Images, FILE
Fires burn around downtown during a second night of protests after the
police shooting of Jacob...
In her speech during the hearing, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., condemned
the president for "radicalizing his supporters" and "inciting them to
willingly join with White supremacists, Neo-Nazis and para-military
extremists in a siege of the United States Capitol building."
In a video statement released following the vote, the president condemned
last week's violence, but did not take responsibility for his role in the
events. In the past, the president has denied accusations of racism.
During the final presidential debate on Oct. 22, when moderator Kristen
Welker asked the president about racial strife and hate in America, he
answered by saying he is the "least racist person in this room."
Instead of rebuking the president for any role in inciting the riot, some
Republicans drew comparisons between the Capitol siege and the Black Lives
Matter protests that swept across the nation last year following the
deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and several victims of police
brutality.
MORE: Black Lives Matter: A movement in photos
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida defended Trump, saying "some have
cited the metaphor that the president lit the flames... Well, they lit
actual flames!" accusing Democrats of enabling civil unrest that ensued in
some cities during the BLM protests.
The unrest in some cities after some Black Lives Matter protests included
vandalism and looting; however, many of these events were rooted in
confrontations with police after peaceful protesters left. The vast
majority of demonstrations were peaceful and leading BLM activists
repeatedly distanced themselves from agent provocateurs and instigators.
BLM and the failed Capitol insurrection cannot be compared, according to
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of education and sociology at American
University and author of "Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right."
"I don't see a parallel between the two," said Miller-Idriss. "I think
making a connection that there was actually incitement of violence or that
there's any equivalence in the violence itself, is just absurd."
“What happened at the Capitol, you can't call that a protest anymore,”
said Miller-Idriss. “That was a riot, it was sedition, it was an
insurrection, a siege...it was a domestic terrorist attack.”
Stark differences have been pointed out between the protests for racial
justice and the riot stoked by unfounded claims of a stolen presidential
election.
2 sets of rules?
The majority white "Stop the Steal" mob that stormed the nation's Capitol
building was a mix of several right-wing extremist groups, according to
Larry Rosenthal, chair and lead researcher of the Berkeley Center for
Right-Wing Studies.
Some were members of far-right armed militias. Others were right-wing
populists, whom he described as "rally-goers" who are "fanatical about
Donald Trump and his presidency."
PHOTO: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump climb a wall during a
protest against the certification of the 2020 presidential election
results by the Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.
Jim Urquhart/ReutersJim Urquhart/Reuters
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump climb a wall during a protest
against the certification...
Rosenthal also described two subsets within the extremist groups. One, is
comprised of anti-government militias, whom he referred to as "people who
don't recognize the legitimacy" of government on both state and local
levels and often deem themselves "sovereign citizens." The other includes
white nationalists, those he said are "electrified and mobilize[d] going
on the streets to stand up to Black Lives Matter and the fantasy of
Antifa".
"Donald Trump asserts his role as the leader of the right-wing militias,"
said Rosenthal. "Those people who call themselves 'patriots,' they have
lived with the idea of a spark that would lead to the civil war ... it's
been in their largely fantasy world for four decades. And suddenly, there
is this summons from the president of the United States."
There was a "stark difference" in the makeup of the Black Lives Matter
protests and the Capitol riots, according to professor Mark Anthony Neal,
chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke
University.
Neal described the Black Lives Matter protests last year as "a multi-
racial social justice movement, much like the civil rights movement in the
1960s."
"Many people of color, Black folks, are killed doing mundane things … just
literally sleeping in their home, walking down the block," Neal told ABC
News. "What Black Lives Matter was trying to bring to the forefront was
the ways in which Black and people of color are always over-policed."
Non-violent protesters during the summer faced brute force from federal
officers, but rioters were met with minimal federal response.
"[Rioters] acted with an extraordinary sense of impunity," said Rosenthal.
"Like nothing was going to happen to them."
Federal authorities launched an active investigation into the attack on
the Capitol and there are over 275 open investigations, Acting U.S.
Attorney Michael Sherwin told reporters on a conference call Friday. As of
8 a.m. Friday morning, the Department of Justice opened 98 criminal cases
-- a majority of which are federal felony cases, Sherwin said.
PHOTO: SANFORD, FL - Protesters gather at a rally for slain teenager
Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., March 22, 2012.
Mario Tama/Getty Images, FILEMario Tama/Getty Images, FILE
Protesters gather at a rally for slain teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford,
Fla., March 22, 2012.
Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, said the
double standard in policing is "a long-standing issue of both covert and
overt racism and how law enforcement reacts to protest. When Black people
are protesting ... there's an over-militarization of communities. "
"It was as though two sets of rules apply," Morial said. "One set for
these [pro-Trump] protesters and another set for not just Black Lives
Matter but also civil rights protests."
Motivation behind the movements
Rioters that led the insurrection on the Capitol were a mix of "far-right
extremists" and self-proclaimed patriots who believe they were called to
defend democracy, according to Miller-Idriss. She described how some were
"intentional in their planning" and arrived "tactically prepared to storm
the Capitol" carrying weapons, cuffs and mace.
These far-right extremist groups were united by "a commitment to a
tremendous set of disinformation about the election" citing unfounded
claims of massive voter fraud and an illegitimate election, Miller-Idriss
said.
President-elect Joe Biden won the election by more than 70 electoral
votes. His victory was certified when Congress convened to ratify the
Electoral College vote on Jan. 6. However, weeks after the election, Trump
continuously pushed false claims and baseless theories of a rigged
election, leading some to argue that it incited his followers and
contributed to the siege of the Capitol.
PHOTO: In this combination of photos, demonstrators, left, protest June 4,
2020, in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, over the death of George
Floyd and on Jan. 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump rally at
same location.
AP, FILEAP, FILE
In this combination of photos, demonstrators, left, protest June 4, 2020,
in front of the U.S. Capito...
The rioters also displayed symbols of white supremacist extremism
including a noose stationed across the Capitol which, according to Miller-
Idriss, "symbolizes the horrific history of lynching," but also refers to
a white supremacy code that signals a "day of reckoning when traitors will
be hung in the streets."
These groups were motivated by a sense of threat, Miller-Idriss said -- a
"precarity" or "fear of something being taken away" they believed they
deserve is what signaled the attacks on the Capitol, which she said is
different from disenfranchisement felt by those supporting Black Lives
Matter.
MORE: The symbols of hate and far-right extremism on display in pro-Trump
Capitol siege
The Black Lives Matter movement was founded in 2013 after the verdict in
the murder trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager who
was killed while walking home in Florida.
Amid a racial reckoning in 2020, BLM protests across the country fought
against racial injustice, police brutality and advocated for numerous
Black Americans that had been violently killed.
Neil said it's important to make the distinction between the Black Lives
Matter movement and the Capitol siege.
"One movement, in the case of Black Lives Matter, is really a critique, an
attempt to undermine white supremacy. In the latter case, what happened at
the Capitol in January was an attempt to buttress white supremacy."
ABC News' Alexander Mallin contributed to this report.
https://abcnews.go.com/US/false-equivalency-black-lives-matter-capitol-
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Lamey
2021-08-14 19:31:00 UTC
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False equivalency between Black Lives Matter and Capitol siege: Experts,
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Comparisons are "absurd," they said.
Of course they are. The large majority of BLM protests last summer were burning, looting and shooting.
You are finally right Rudy.
P+Barker
2021-08-14 20:47:25 UTC
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False equivalency between Black Lives Matter and Capitol siege: Experts,
advocates
Comparisons are "absurd," they said.
Of course they are. The large majority of BLM protests last summer were burning, looting and shooting.
You are finally right Rudy.
AMEN.
Alex Krycek !
2021-08-15 16:21:05 UTC
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False equivalency between Black Lives Matter and Capitol siege: Experts,
advocates
Comparisons are "absurd," they said.
Of course they are. The large majority of BLM protests last summer were
burning, looting and shooting.
Post by Lamey
You are finally right Rudy.
AMEN.
BLM dominated Trump in the election, so there is a false equivalency because
the seditious radical rightwing violent Trump supporters did no such thing to
Biden. And now, with the ongoing GOP civil war, the right will be in
disgraceful defeat for the next 20 years.

You should stick to praising Catholocizm where priest lure and rape children.
Alex Krycek !
2021-08-15 17:41:36 UTC
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False equivalency between Black Lives Matter and Capitol siege: Experts,
advocates
Comparisons are "absurd," they said.
Of course they are. The large majority of BLM protests last summer were
burning, looting and shooting.
Post by Lamey
You are finally right Rudy.
AMEN.
BLM dominated Trump in the election, so there is a false equivalency because
the seditious radical rightwing violent Trump supporters did no such thing to
Biden. And now, with the ongoing GOP civil war, the right will be in
disgraceful defeat for the next 20 years.

You should stick to praising Catholocizm where priest lure and rape children.
Alex Krycek !
2021-08-16 15:28:31 UTC
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False equivalency between Black Lives Matter and Capitol siege: Experts,
advocates
Comparisons are "absurd," they said.
Of course they are. The large majority of BLM protests last summer were
burning, looting and shooting.
Post by Lamey
You are finally right Rudy.
AMEN.
BLM dominated Trump in the election, so there is a false equivalency because
the seditious radical rightwing violent Trump supporters did no such thing to
Biden. And now, with the ongoing GOP civil war, the right will be in
disgraceful defeat for the next 20 years.

You should stick to praising Catholocizm where priest lure and rape children.
Alex Krycek !
2021-08-28 18:15:05 UTC
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False equivalency between Black Lives Matter and Capitol siege: Experts,
advocates
Comparisons are "absurd," they said.
Of course they are. The large majority of BLM protests last summer were
burning, looting and shooting.
Post by Lamey
You are finally right Rudy.
AMEN.
BLM dominated Trump in the election, so there is a false equivalency because
the seditious radical rightwing violent Trump supporters did no such thing to
Biden. And now, with the ongoing GOP civil war, the right will be in
disgraceful defeat for the next 20 years.

You should stick to praising Catholocizm where priest lure and rape children.
Alex Krycek !
2021-09-19 15:51:44 UTC
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False equivalency between Black Lives Matter and Capitol siege: Experts,
advocates
Comparisons are "absurd," they said.
Of course they are. The large majority of BLM protests last summer were
burning, looting and shooting.
Post by Lamey
You are finally right Rudy.
AMEN.
BLM dominated Trump in the election, so there is a false equivalency because
the seditious radical rightwing violent Trump supporters did no such thing to
Biden. And now, with the ongoing GOP civil war, the right will be in
disgraceful defeat for the next 20 years.

You should stick to praising Catholocizm where priest lure and rape children.
Alex Krycek !
2021-09-28 18:26:31 UTC
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False equivalency between Black Lives Matter and Capitol siege: Experts,
advocates
Comparisons are "absurd," they said.
Of course they are. The large majority of BLM protests last summer were
burning, looting and shooting.
Post by Lamey
You are finally right Rudy.
AMEN.
BLM dominated Trump in the election, so there is a false equivalency because
the seditious radical rightwing violent Trump supporters did no such thing to
Biden. And now, with the ongoing GOP civil war, the right will be in
disgraceful defeat for the next 20 years.

You should stick to praising Catholocizm where priest lure and rape children.
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