Updated: Mar 1
ATLANTA - In what has truly been one of the darkest moments in the modern history of our nation, hundreds of both armed and unarmed individuals stormed the United States Capitol. This has been reported as an attempt to overthrow the U.S. government.
While Black protestors in Atlanta were arrested for raising their voices in contest of #JacobBlake who was murdered at the hands of police, thousands of white nationalists committed treason, multiple stood in protest on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, and a few sat comfortably in the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi without any accountability whatsoever.
We recognize that one of those who lost their life was a Georgia resident; however, our nation is one of laws. It is both enraging and disgusting to witness such a disparity in the enforcement of these laws when it comes to persons of color, as domestic terrorists are allowed to storm the nation’s Capitol. ”This was not some mere failure of U.S. Capitol Police. They were not just ‘caught off guard.’ Intelligence knew the threat level and consciously decided to allow this to happen,” says Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP. “There needs to be an internal affairs investigation and legal accountability for conspiracy. Full stop.” On a day where the nation was supposed to be celebrating the historic victory of both Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, the first African-American elected to the U.S Senate from Georgia, and Jon Ossoff, the youngest to be elected since the 1970s, to represent Georgia in the senior chamber of Congress, Georgians sat in complete horror and utter shock. Georgia also saw its own share of attempted treason. Dozens of white nationalists also attempted to storm the Georgia State Capitol in an attempt to “share grievances” with Georgia’s Secretary of State; however, the Secretary was quickly escorted out as a safety precaution. We send our thoughts and prayers to our bipartisan Georgia Congressional delegation and local residents of the District of Columbia in hopes that we can truly move forward from this dark moment in soon to be U.S. history.
About Georgia NAACP
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of units throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocate for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org