Lower than 48 hours after the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., debuted a draft of the COUP Act (Congressional Oversight of Unjust Policing) — laws to ascertain a fee to hunt accountability and to analyze how rioters had been in a position to break into the Capitol constructing. Yahoo Information White Home Correspondent Hunter Walker spoke with Bowman, who mentioned the investigation is just the start within the struggle in opposition to institutional racism.
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JAMAAL BOWMAN: I wasn’t stunned on the assault. I used to be stunned by the shortage of resistance.[YELLING]
Throughout Black Lives Matter protests all through your complete summer season, like, there was– there could be no manner for something like this to occur. So what did we all know? When did we all know it? How was it shared? Why weren’t we extra ready? How the hell did they get in? All these questions sort of ran by way of my thoughts as I watched the occasions unfold.
I positively do not suppose it ought to have been a shock. The NYPD despatched info. The FBI had info. That they had intelligence. I have never seen something that signifies that they shared that intelligence with Capitol Police. I additionally realized the FBI went to satisfy with identified white nationalist people and teams to ask them to not come to Washington. There is not any excuse to me, in my view, that intelligence wasn’t communicated throughout the FBI ultimately. And there is additionally no excuse that it wasn’t communicated to Capitol Police.
We additionally know that the chief of Capitol Police had intelligence. The chief requested particularly for Nationwide Guard presence. And the sergeant at arms said one thing like, I do not just like the optics of that. So it is like, what? You are anxious about optics if you’re being knowledgeable that there could be an assault on the Capitol? On the very least, there ought to have been a whole bunch, if not 1000’s, extra legislation enforcement officers there with the correct gear and the correct tools to cease anybody from breaching the Capitol.
The Coup Act, , the invoice that we launched, Congressional Oversight of Unjust Policing, needs to take a look at, are there specific, direct connections between white nationalist people, teams, and Capitol Police? However we additionally want to take a look at it from the angle of an implicit bias as a result of it is the bias that alters habits virtually as a lot as the specific racism that was on show.
We’re not simply Capitol Police. We now have the FBI, Division of Homeland Safety, the Secret Service, as effectively, named within the invoice as effectively. In my view, we won’t let it go as a result of it immediately connects with our legacy of racism and hate on this nation that stems from the genocide of the indigenous Individuals and the enslavement of African-Individuals. The legacy of that’s institutional racism and white nationalism. And if we do not take care of it immediately and explicitly in each establishment, it can proceed to persist and develop and permeate and result in a Donald Trump sooner or later, or somebody who’s much more savvy and clever than Donald Trump however nonetheless carries the parable of white superiority as a price and as a part of their disposition.
Proper after the rebellion, we went again to the ground to certify the electoral school outcomes. And colleague after colleague gave speeches saying one thing to the impact of, this isn’t who we’re. That is precisely who we’re. We uphold the Structure because the Holy Grail of our nation. The Structure was written by white males the place Black individuals had been 3/5 of a person, of an individual. There have been no girls, there have been no individuals of coloration a part of that. So the Structure in and of itself is a racist doc that we uphold because the Holy Grail. Congress as an establishment has to ask itself, are we going to proceed to uphold white supremacy? Or, are we going to turn into the nation that we’re able to changing into as a multiracial democracy? That is the query.
So Joe Biden talking about racial justice, nice. Talking about disproportionality associated to COVID and different areas within the setting, nice. However I additionally need to take a look at the legacy of white superiority inside coverage as a result of we are going to by no means be who we declare we are– the distinctive America that we declare we are– we’ll by no means be that with out going by way of the method of true reconstruction.[MUSIC PLAYING]