Dear Commons Community,
On Tuesday evening, our country saw and celebrated the election of the first African-American senator from the state of Georgia. Raphael Warnock, a man of the cloth, won a resounding victory over David Perdue in a run-off election. As pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, he followed in the footsteps of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was also a pastor in the same church. Warnock campaigned on a message of hope, peace and understanding. Listen to his speech (video above) on Tuesday night where he speaks of his humble beginnings as one of eleven children growing up poor and whose mother picked cotton. It was a night that represented all that is good in this country.
Yesterday afternoon at about 1:00 P.M, an angry mob (see video below) stormed the U.S. Capital while the Congress and Senate had convened to certify the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States. The mob was incited earlier by President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump, Jr. The president yelling to the crowd that “I will be there with you”. Trump, Jr. shouting to the Congress “we are coming for you.” And Giuliani saying it was time for “trial by combat.” During the insurrection by the mob, the Capital was thrashed, our representatives ran for cover, and one woman was shot and killed. The responsibility lies squarely at the feet of Donald Trump, who will go down in history as an worst president of our country, who fomented hate, violence and ugliness.