Local Perspectives on the January 6 Insurrection

Flowers on the fence at the US Capitol

When most of us think of Washington, DC, we picture the monuments. We fondly remember that middle school trip to visit the Smithsonian where we also took in Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center, or a family vacation for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Maybe you’re an avid follower of the National Zoo’s Giant Panda Cam. Or maybe you’ve traveled to DC for the famous Independence Day fireworks and concert on the National Mall. Maybe you’ve even, pre-pandemic, visited your Member of Congress in her/his office or taken a tour of the White House or the US Capitol.

The thing is, more than 700,000 people, average people, REAL Americans (if I may), LIVE in DC. The US Capitol is right in a residential neighborhood, with thousands of regular people – some of whom had to evacuate their homes on January 6 because violent white supremacist Trump supporters planted IEDs at the DNC and RNC headquarters – living steps from the Capitol complex. As I’ve written about before, they lack representation in Congress, which includes limits on local control, self-determination, or their ability to protect themselves.

What I want to do today is link to writing and reporting from and about actual DC residents to help folks outside the area understand what our fellow Americans are going through right now, to empathize with them, and to remember that the thousands of people who live in DC are just as “real” as people who live in Kansas or Louisiana or Idaho or anywhere else in our beloved country.

(Yes, I understand that cops are, largely, problematic. But these particular cops, on this particular day, were heroes.)

To conclude, from a local reporter:

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When you look at the iconic images of our nation’s Capitol, remember the real people who live there who are in real danger right now, and keep them in your thoughts and prayers, particularly in the coming week.

Image from DCist

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One response to “Local Perspectives on the January 6 Insurrection

  1. I lived in D.C. for 11 years, 1969–72 and 1977–85. The iconic images were, at most, a backdrop. For four years, 1981–85, I worked at Lammas, the feminist bookstore (long since closed), on the SE fringe of Capitol Hill, right next to Eastern Market. When I took the Metro downtown, the next stop was Capitol South, where at the evening rush lots of clean-cut Hill staffers got on. They chattered about “the Member this” and “the Member that,” which cracked me up because it sounded like they were talking about pricks — which in most cases they were. The Capitol was only a few blocks away, but it was in a whole other world.

    Recently I was shocked to read that the African American population of D.C. was only 43%. When I lived there it was close to 80% and D.C. was widely known as Chocolate City. Gentrification, aka white-ification, has taken its toll. But I’m still 100% in favor of D.C. statehood. The first (and until 2017 the only) political party I’d ever been a member of was the D.C. Statehood Party, which I signed on with when I first registered to vote, in 1969.

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