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The January 6 white nationalist mob committed treason, not terrorism

The January 6 white nationalist mob committed treason, not terrorism

Treason is not domestic terrorism. We don’t need any new laws.

Everyone needs to cease projecting the idea of BS white American exceptionalism. We have laws on the book to handle treasonous events, such as January 6. There are explicit laws against treason. We should use those laws.

Trump is a fascist authoritarian that incited a seditious mob with the goal of a coup. That’s pretty damn clear.

Not terrorism.
Not a special case.
Not harmless.

White people are not special. Narratives that do not hold January 6 in a very serious light are not only racist, but will also bring what some people fear— a weakening of our First Amendment rights. Republicans, white nationalists, and libertarians want January 6 minimized. They want it minimized to keep the treason label off their heads.

Do not hesitate to call January 6 a failed coup attempt.
Do not hesitate to call January 6 treason.

If white nationalists are successful at labeling these individuals “protestors,” white nationalists will have won the battle of infringing on all of our First Amendment rights and continuing their Orwellian “Lost Cause” of lies.

A minimizing narrative is just that kind of story that prevents the law from being followed when it has to do with white people.

These white nationalists committed treason in the act of attempting a coup.

The law on the books:

“§2381: Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

18 USC Ch. 115: TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

Also the treasonous mob purposely interrupted government activity —the certification of the electoral college. That is against the law.

§1752: Knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.

(b)The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is—
(1)a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both, if—
(A)the person, during and in relation to the offense, uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm; or
(B)the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3);

18 USC CH. 1752: Restricted building or grounds

Jail is the compromise—jail should be the minimum for these white nationalist treasonous individuals.

It IS possible for white people to commit treason, regardless of what the rightwing thinks.

This country is not a white nation. It is a stolen country, and this treasonous attack on the US was a direct attack on Black, Mexican, and Native peoples.

Upholding whiteness with violence is a slap in the face of the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and the 14th Amendment.

These are not domestic terrorists. These individuals were part of a treasonous and seditious mob.

Donald Trump, his Republican enablers, the people who actively funded it, and the seditious mob should all be held fully accountable for treason.


Teka Lark, Public Intellectuals

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