Alright I know that this is normally a Sunday post but it’s my series and I can do whatever I want.
My One Good Thing this week is that Georgia Democrats won their runoff elections. I’m excited that Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock both won their elections, which will give the Democrats the majority in the Senate. (A big shout out to Stacey Abrams and other Black grassroots organizations for their hard work to register and motivate voters in the state.)
Unfortunately, the wins were overshadowed by the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday during the Electoral College certification. I wasn’t going to watch the certification because I knew some Republicans were going to object, and I knew in the end it was going to be certified for Biden. But then I started to get news alerts saying that the rioters breached the Capitol.
I was glued to MSNBC for the rest of the day and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And even three days later I still can’t believe it now with new videos that are surfacing from inside. After the last four years, I’m not surprised that something happened but I was shocked to see people violently forcing their way into the Capitol and actively destroying it. And the fact that Senators and Representatives and their staffs had to basically hide for hours under tables and in rooms to ensure their safety from the mob?
The attack will become an event that you remember where you were. I was working from home because we’re in the middle of a global pandemic that’s still raging in this country—remember?
I’m feeling drained, angry, frustrated, and more, three days later. We have 11 days until inauguration, but the things that caused the attack on Wednesday aren’t going to go away once Biden is sworn in. The people in government who have the power to do the right thing need to put the well-being of the country over their party.
I’ve had an internal urge to scream all week, and I’m not sure when that will go away.
The only glimmer of hope from this week is that by the end of the month, the Democrats will have the majority in the Senate thanks to Georgia’s first Black senator and a 33 year old who will be Georgia’s first Jewish senator. It’s a start, though; a lot more work has to be done to fix and deal with the aftermath of the last four years.