There are many things that can be said about the happenings today on Capital Hill.
Why has this violent riot of white people been met with largely non-violence, while protests by people of color have been riddled with brutality, court hearings, and tear gas full of chemicals?
What policies are these people supporting so much that they want President Trump undemocratically put back in office?
These questions can’t really be answered unless we accept the racist undertones that some in this country hold so tight they are willing to disparage (and let disparage) their own sites of the democracy they claim to value. We must take time to think about how our response, as people of color and other non-privileges, will shape the world and our communities.
The Brown Berets are not a movement of violence. Nor are we an organization of inaction. What is happening within the organization is planning on how we can best support our communities of color, not to react in violence or undignified ways.
There is change happening nationwide, worldwide. We should take from this moment an awareness of the inequitable systems of the US, and also watch ourselves be angry and channel that anger to challenge the legitimacy of policies, authority, politicians, and the way we are treated as people of color. This will bring about true change.