Video of Rev. Raphael Warnock Being Arrested Whereas Praying within the Capitol Exposes Double Customary
A 2017 video of Georgia Senator-elect Rev Raphael Warnock being arrested for prayer in another Capitol rotunda has resurfaced, revealing a racist double standard.
In the video, Warnock and members of the Capitol clergy were arrested for praying against budget cuts that Republicans were implementing.
2017 at The Capitol Clergy peacefully protested budget cuts by kneeling and singing anthems. They have been arrested, including Senator-elect Raphael Warnock👇🏾 #maddow #CapitolBuilding pic.twitter.com/VykcOJFHy2
– Kikkay (@NikkisBubble) January 8, 2021
“As a pastor, I believe that the state budget is not just a tax document, but a moral document. It reflects what we believe in and who we are to each other, ”Warnock said at the time, according to Newsweek. “And if that median budget were an EKG, it would indicate America has heart disease. The government is taking student aid, vocational training, and medicine from those who need it most in order to give a tax cut to those who need it least. We came to Washington as voices of healing and justice. “
Now many compare Warnock’s arrest to the way white protesters were treated at the Capitol during the storm last week. Not only could the mostly white mob go by the thousands to the Capitol and enter, but they stayed for hours and made themselves comfortable while more than 100 lawmakers were forced to hide in one room.
The storm pales in comparison to George Floyd, who was accused of using a fake bill before being choked to death. It’s also a bad look compared to Breonna Taylor, who slept in her house when the Louisville Metro Police were looking for someone who was away from the residence and shot Taylor five times.
It is these actions that have resulted in a summer of protests against Black Lives Matter across the nation and the world. Many believed that last week’s actions showed that police officers treated white Americans differently. What makes it worse are those who stormed the Capitol, who showed disrespect for the police and Republican lawmakers, and who disregarded the police several times since last week. On Tuesday, several members of the media tweeted that a group of Republican lawmakers refused to go through the metal detectors installed in the Capitol after the attack, and Rep. Lauren Boebert refused to show the Capitol police what was in her bag after she triggered the detector.
Even President-elect Joe Biden noticed the stark difference between the BLM protests this summer and the lack of the same aggressive law enforcement during the Capitol Storm.
“No one can tell me that a group of Black Lives Matter protests yesterday would have been treated very, very differently from the crowd of thugs who stormed the Capitol,” President-elect Joe Biden said in a video statement Thursday. “We all know that’s true. And it’s unacceptable. Totally unacceptable. “
Even before the storm, pro-Trump supporters were doing things that black Americans simply can’t. Several state anti-quarantine protesters openly entered state buildings with guns. The 19-year-old shot three people and killed two in Wisconsin this summer. Rittenhouse then returned to his home state of Illinois before being arrested for murder. He is currently available for a $ 2 million bond.