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Years of ignoring the growing danger of rightwing radicals has finally caught up with America

An online thread discussed specific calls for violence stating: “Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Antifa slave soldiers being spilled. Get violent. Stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal,” According to the Norfolk, Virginia FBI office. – The Washington Post on January 12, 2021

As social media and right-wing media has fanned the flames of fear about “left-wing radicals,” the country has looked the other way. Now in the days after a group of these radicals attempted a coup at the U.S. Capitol, the rioters have told the world that this is just the beginning.

The FBI has warned that there are credible threats against the chambers of lawmakers around the country. Governor Evers has ordered the Wisconsin National Guard to protect the Capitol and workers were seen boarding up the building less than a week after the debacle in Washington DC.

Just over three months ago, after a group of these radicals were arrested in a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, thousands of like minded people stormed the U.S. Capitol. When news came out about the attempted kidnapping plot many people yawned. When Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people in Kenosha, killing two claiming to be defending the city many people yawned. Some sent him money. Bootleg lawyers came out of the woodwork to represent him.

The threat is real America. The type of language heard across the South after Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 is what you are seeing on social media since Trump started to claim the election was stolen.

Death threats to election workers and officials did not wake Americans up to the threat. A year of armed, angry White men carrying weapons talking about taking their country back was not enough for Americans to wake up.

When the Southern Poverty Law Center warned after the first election of President Barack Obama that hate groups and right-wing radicals were growing in size and popularity Americans did not wake up.

When right-wing media like Fox News spread lies and inflamed anger among Whites who’ve felt disenchanted for years, Americans did not wake up.

When right-wing radicals led by Cliven Bundy had an armed standoff with police in Nevada in 2014 Americans did not wake up. When Ammond Bundy and his followers threatened violence in a standoff with police for over a month in 2016 Americans did not wake up. Two of the ranchers convicted of sparking the occupation were pardoned by Donald Trump in 2018.
When White supremacists in 2017 marched in Charlottesville, mad that Confederate monuments were being taken down, eventually murdering Heather Heyer, and injuring many others Americans did not wake up.

When armed protesters took control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Oregon on January 2, 2019 Americans did not wake up.

As social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter refused to do anything about their platforms being used to spread the views of these radicals Americans did not wake up.

As we face the prospect of widespread violence around the country by these heavily-armed radicals many Americans are still sleeping on the threat.

It is time to wake up America. Your comfort zone is no longer comfortable. Your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and community members are the threat you’ve ignored for far too long.

“In 1923, Adolf Hitler led a failed coup. He was treated leniently. Germany moved on. A decade later, he was a dictator, and the worst disaster in the history of the civilized world ensued. In 2021, when the president of the United States leads a failed coup, we must not move on.” – Mark Jacob

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About The Author

Reggie Jackson

As an award-winning Senior Columnist for the Milwaukee Independent, Reggie Jackson covers a range of African American issues. He is also co-founder of Nurturing Diversity Partners, and volunteers as Head Griot for America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) in Bronzeville.