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Princeton Prof Says Trump DC Protesters Were Treated Better by Police Than ‘Peaceful’ Protesters of Last Summer

Princeton Prof Says Trump DC Protesters Were Treated Better by Police Than ‘Peaceful’ Protesters of Last Summer

“What we see here is that certain bodies are accorded a certain kind of treatment and other bodies are not”

We all watched for months as Black Lives Matter and Antifa burned American cities and the police stood by and did next to nothing. Yet Trump supporters in DC this week were treated better? Really?

NPR reports:

How Police Handled Pro-Trump Mob Compared With Protesters For Black Racial Justice

When a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, surprisingly few police stood in the way. Protests had been expected for days, but police appeared unprepared for an actual insurrection and not even prepared to keep all the doors locked. Video showed police calmly talking with attackers after they moved into the building.

This came after a year of protests and confrontations with police after police shootings and other kinds of killings across the country. Many of those protests were put down more harshly, including those in Washington, D.C. Officials often responded with tear gas, Tasers or stun grenades.

“What we see here is that certain bodies are accorded a certain kind of treatment and other bodies are not,” said Eddie Glaude, the chair of Princeton University’s Department of African American studies, in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition.

Glaude, who has written several books about race in the U.S., said that Wednesday’s violence at the Capitol demonstrated how “America is more comfortable with protest from the right than it is from the left.” Demonstrations from the left are often considered to represent “an existential threat to the country,” he said, whereas right-wing protests are taken “as a kind of patriotic gesture.”


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Can anyone give a reason why the police response was so weak?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to mark311. | January 8, 2021 at 11:25 am

    They were following orders.

    Milhouse in reply to mark311. | January 9, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Easy. It wasn’t. This guy is either living in some alternative universe, or else he’s just lying through his teeth.

    Turtler in reply to mark311. | January 10, 2021 at 3:23 am

    Combination of stand-down orders form an overconfident (or worse) Mayor of DC along with the fact that they didn’t actually need as much in the way of law enforcement to do this, in contrast to-say- the major BLM and AntifA riots of previous months on Capital Hill.

    But then you are a dishonest scumsucker “Mark.”

The BLM protesters burned down buildings, threw bricks at the police and tried to kill individuals they encountered. The protesters who broke into the capital building didn’t do any of that. I suspect that ANTIFA was responsible for most of the violence and the pipe bombs.

I think someone needs to inform the learned Professor Glaude that one of the people who broke into the Capitol was shot and killed by security. Someone please inform him that a Capitol Police officer has died from injuries he suffered. This was no picnic in the park.

As a conservative, I condemn the actions of those who broke into the Capitol. They should all be prosecuted. But I don’t condemn those who came to protest peacefully and stayed out of the Capitol.

It would be nice if those in the media and the left also condemned the “mostly peaceful” protesters who were burning our cities last summer. The hypocrisy is stunning.

    Milhouse in reply to gary fouse. | January 9, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    The people who broke in to the Capitol should be prosecuted the day after the trials are over for everyone who participated in leftist riots of the past four years, including those who attacked the Capitol and the Supreme Court during the Kavanaugh thing, as well as this year’s BLM/Antifa riots. Once that backlog is cleared, by all means charge these people too, and give them the average sentence the other ones got.