The Hill explains why ‘people of color should care’ about J6 hearings in ‘condescending’ op-ed

With constant hype and the full support of corporate media, the Jan. 6 committee remained incapable of gaining the hold over the American public’s attention that they had hoped. Even commandeering network television during primetime hadn’t moved the needle for voters preoccupied with crippling inflation and outrageous gas prices.

Since that didn’t work, they appear to be trying condescension as one college professor zeroed in on “why people of color should care about the Jan. 6 hearings.”

Sara Sadhwani, an Assistant Professor of Politics at Pomona College in California, actually went there in an op-ed for The Hill, breaking down precisely why she believes the committee has exposed “the game being played by President Trump and those he represents” to essentially stop minorities from having a voice and take full control of the government.

She wrote, “The last half century has been marked by communities of color, who have been marginalized and disenfranchised, fighting for a seat at the table in American politics: From Black civil rights leaders marching on Washington, to Asian Americans fighting for acknowledgement after being interned during World War II, and Latinos advocating for immigration policies that reflect not only the needs of the receiving country, but the values and rights of immigrants themselves.”

“But as the Jan. 6 hearing have revealed, the game being played by President Trump and those he represents is not aimed at merely limiting or excluding groups from participation in the American table,” Sadhwani insisted, “but to burn the entire table down. With bombshell after bombshell of shocking testimony on how former president Donald Trump actively tried to incite violence and overturn the outcome of the election on Jan. 6, one thing has become clear: American democracy is in peril.”

The Jan. 6 committee was meant to at least rally voters if it could not live up to the hype and find Trump to be guilty of inciting a riot as they so desperately wish to be true. It was, as conservative writer Chad Felix Greene pointed out, “supposed to be their Pearl Harbor. It was supposed to be the one and final exposure of the right and Republicans as being worse than the left ever dreamed.”

“It was supposed to usher in a new era of progressive social revolution,” Greene added. Instead, as another user indicated, people have seen the breach of the Capitol for what it really was.

That’s why Sadhwani emphasized the words of the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) who said, “Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part.” The insistence that voters, and in particular black voters, be made to care has moved past pandering to condescension and that has not gone overlooked.

The bottom line is, if voters actually cared about the Jan. 6 committee hearings in the first place then pieces targeting demographics would be wholly unnecessary. But, no matter how much of a “bombshell” they claim Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony to be when evidently even she didn’t care about the hearings, the circus should recognize when it’s time to pack up and leave town.


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