US Government

Inclusive America Project Statement on January 6th Insurrection

January 7, 2021  • Inclusive America Project

At the Inclusive America Project, we call upon ourselves, our neighbors, and our leadership, to always choose the ideals of democratic rule, to hold tight to what makes this country great – our differences.

Yesterday, in an attempt to halt the certification of the election and the peaceful transfer of power this country has embraced since the first President of the United States stepped down nearly 223 years ago, the current occupant of the White House chose instead to incite a mob of supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol building.

In response, over the last two days, social and traditional media have been awash in either/or declarations that “this is not who we are” or that, “this is exactly who we have always been, but we are now unmasked.”

The truth is that, individually and collectively, we have always been both the beautiful idealist and the appalling traitor to the American ideals of democracy and plurality. At every moment we are confronted, each and all, with the necessity to choose whether to uphold our ideals. We have failed this test many times.

Today, we pray, choose wisely.

Zeenat Rahman
Allison Ralph
Nikhil Mandalaparthy
Abbie Haug