Yesterday, Donald Trump summoned his followers to Washington D.C. to talk about an assumption electoral fraud, although so far he has not presented any conclusive evidence to confirm his allegations. During his speech, he reiterated that choice it was a fraud and even attacked the vice president Mike Pence, who refused to interfere in the certification of the Electoral College votes, which make the triumph of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris official.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
After his speech, Trump urged his followers to walk to the Capitol, where Biden’s triumph was being certified. It was then that an indeterminate number of Trump followersincluding white supremacists, entered the building by force. At the end of the day, a woman died after being shot and three other people died in the hospital, the intruders destroyed and stole several objects of great value. Local police also found several explosive devices.
However, one of the most alarming aspects of what happened yesterday in the Capitol was the presence of the call confederate flag, a symbol of racism and the white supremacy. As if that were not enough, the presence of neo-nazis. One of them even wore a sweatshirt celebrating the Holocaust.
Here’s why the Confederate flag is a symbol of white supremacy and racism.
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What is the Confederate flag?
This flag was created at a time when the United States was going through a great crisis and also represented a divided country. It began to be used during the Civil war, after 11 states separated from the country with the sole purpose of continuing with the slavery.
This flag was used in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Texas. And although the Confederate Army lost the war hundreds of years ago, many Southerners view this flag as a symbol of pride, even as it symbolizes the defense of slavery.
Foto: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP
According to the Anti-Defamation League (Anti-Defamation League): “Organizations such as” The Sons of the Veterans of the Confederacy “adopted the flag as a symbol of southern heritage, but the flag also served as a powerful symbol of the slavery and the white supremacy, which has made it very popular with white supremacists during the 20th and 21st centuries. “
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During the unrest at Capitol, the press documented two chilling moments, when the Trump followers They placed two ropes outside the building. Although it seems a simple gesture of protest, it is not, it is a symbol that reminds us of the lynchings of African Americans at the hands of racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.
They made a noose from the camera cord and hung it from a tree. pic.twitter.com/M9KC7odLAm
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) January 6, 2021
— John Lynch (@JohnLynchWTRF) January 6, 2021
Neo-nazis, Proud Boys & QAnon
In a video posted on Twitter, Trump He calls his followers “patriots” and tells them: “We love them, they are special.” However, many of the intruders who broke into the government building have already been identified by US media as neo-nazisSuch is the case with Nick Fuentes and a man known as “Baked Alaska.”
That guy’s hoodie says “Camp Auschwitz.” https://t.co/I2hwHZ1MsD
— Matt Ford (@fordm) January 6, 2021
Neo-nazi loser Baked Alaska ejected from capitol building by swat team as coup attempt implodes pic.twitter.com/ndQhhdm28J
— Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) January 6, 2021
The presence of members of a group called “Proud Boys“, Made up of ultra-rightists and Jake Angeli, a man who calls himself “QAnon Shaman“In reference to a conspiracy theory that insists the” Deep State “is against Donald Trump and his followers.
Hello from the Capital lol pic.twitter.com/H1Axdou708
— Dictator of Hawaii Elect Nick Ochs (@OchsForHawaii) January 6, 2021
We spend $750 billion annually on “defense” and the center of American government fell in two hours to the duck dynasty and the guy in the chewbacca bikini pic.twitter.com/ZMR76cbN2c
– (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) January 7, 2021
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