Is it possible for a coup attempt to be privileged? 

photo of the U.S. Capitol Building
Photo by Caleb Perez on Unsplash

Yesterday, domestic terrorists breached the Capitol Building, seat of civics for the United States of America.

Obviously, there are numerous questions worth asking about this event. What lead to it, who is responsible, and most importantly, what do we do next?

I should be clear, just in case. I denounce wholeheartedly the actions of those individuals. I don’t know what comes next, but what I want most is justice to prevail, for there to be repercussions for these actions. That this isn’t treated like an interesting little viral stunt, and that it genuinely results in punishments.

All rights belong with those whose tweets are embedded here.

But I also like to think of things on a global scale, in general. A lot of the world has made their opinions on yesterday’s events clear, and leave little to wonder. It does not fail my notice, however, that many of those voices are other English speaking or European nations. And, since it’s my first time living through a coup attempt, I have to ask:

What do nations who have more numerous, more successful coup’s think of us today?

It’s not the most pressing question, and I don’t mean to diminish the serious nature of what occurred yesterday. But I’m sitting at work, feeling shell shocked and empty, and could use opinions outside information.

I have to imagine the answer to be one of two possibilities. Either:

A. This is a damaging blow to the idea of democracy. Even the U.S. can’t make it work.


B. They’re so privileged that even when there’s a coup d’état, it doesn’t succeed and almost no one dies.

Is that a terrible thought to think? I’m terrified that someone will take that as a diminishment of what occurred yesterday. But I wonder it. On a day where the full hypocrisy of the American legal system was on display, I question everything with my white, cis, middle American privilege. There is footage of police letting terrorists into the Capitol Building.


Group just pushed Capitol police

♬ original sound – Marcus DiPaola
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The same police who dragged disabled people and teenagers out of that very building for sitting in it.

Less than a hundred people have been arrested, as far as I know, on a day where pieces of the Capitol Building were ripped off as trophies.

All rights belong with those whose tweets are embedded here.

Where everything was bragged about on social media, the whole time.

All rights belong with those whose tweets are embedded here.

Where these violent, angry, unpatriotic people may very well get away with it all, urged on and protected by the sitting president of the United States, and the police force.

Even in this, are we privileged? I sit at work, trying to carry on, because what else can I do? I am surrounded by this discordant feeling, that everything seems normal and unchanged. Is that typical, when your nation’s government is under a stress never seen before? When law and order doesn’t seem to be working?

And how privileged am I that I only have to wonder these things now, feel these things today?

All rights belong with those whose tweets are embedded here.

Please tell me what you’re thinking and feeling, because I don’t trust my own viewpoint today.

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