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Diane Phillips: What Would Have Happened If The Rioters Were Black?

SMOKE fills the walkway outside the Senate Chamber as supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by US Capitol Police officers inside the Capitol on January 6.
Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

SMOKE fills the walkway outside the Senate Chamber as supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by US Capitol Police officers inside the Capitol on January 6. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

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Diane Phillips

By Diane Phillips

THERE are moments you never forget. They are seared into your brain as hard-wired as the DNA you were born with. Like November 22, 1963, the day John F Kennedy was shot. I was a freshman at the University of Florida on my way to a chemistry class. A bell rang out, speakers blared, students were running in every direction. I made it into a classroom, don’t remember which, and in seconds everyone – strangers who had never met before – everyone was crying and huddled together in shock and disbelief.

It was a different kind of shock and disbelief on Wednesday, January 6, when tens of thousands of Americans descended on Capitol Hill, white supremacists, rednecks, Trumpsters and some who probably fell for the lies that the orange-topped president of the United States had been spewing for weeks that the election was stolen.

I am writing this the morning after while the memory of the siege of Capitol Hill is still fresh and hurtful. I write as a dual citizen Bahamian- American. I am an American who still stands at the start of a football game when the American National Anthem is played, though always thinking it’s not nearly as moving as the Bahamian National Anthem for which I stand even straighter and with greater pride at the start of any ceremony.

What happened on a night that should have been a routine part of a peaceful transition of power from one president to the next, the ho-hum reading of electoral votes leading to certification of the election, turned into a melee of the mad and crazies storming the supposedly sacrosanct and hallowed halls of the American capital demanding that a properly conducted election be overturned because THEY did not like the results.

As an American, I was ashamed. As a Bahamian, I was horrified. As both, I was embarrassed, humiliated and stunned for all the same reasons most Americans, including the majority of Republicans were ashamed, embarrassed, humiliated, horrified and angry.

How could a group of hoodlums who should have been arrested the minute they started up the steps been allowed to get as far as they did? How did they get past security, smash windows, invade offices, one resting his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk, another carting out a podium? And what really sickened me was what stared millions across the globe right in the face – they got away with it to start with because they were white.

Had a group of black Americans or Arab- or Asian-looking Americans stormed Capitol Hill, they would have been met with brute force, not officers posing for selfies while a likely deranged president’s words, “Watch, it will be wild,” rang in their ears.

On that night of January 6, when a piece of the transition of power was supposed to unfold, an evil that stretches as far back as the Civil War raged with new fury in the halls of the capital. It was a clear as black and white. It was there in the waving of the Confederate flag and in the eyes of the out of control mob who made Donald Trump’s promise that it would be wild come true. America the Beautiful was America the Divided.

I was prouder than ever to be Bahamian. And sadder than ever to be American.

There are times I am a victim of racial profiling here at home in Nassau. I don’t like it, but I get it and generally it passes quickly. While it is uncomfortable because of its injustice, it is not life-threatening as it is for blacks in America. I’ve never had to tell my child to kowtow to authorities or not wear a hoodie or dark jacket at night or, if stopped by police, to keep her hands where cops can see them at all times. I may live in fear of being misunderstood but not in fear that my life could be snuffed out by mistaken identity because of my colour.

If there is one thing that the attack on Washington, DC, showed us in The Bahamas and around the world, it is this – no one has a monopoly on ethnic unrest, but most of us who were appalled by what we saw are willing to stand up against it and fight for justice. We do it in small ways, a new friendship, an exchange of ideas, a respectful nod of the head.

So long as we are the majority, one day we will get there. As individual, that is the lesson we have to take away from the night and the images we will never forget. We can do better. We can be better and one day it will be better. That day will be seared into memory, overshadowing days like November 22, 1963 and January 6, 2021.

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TANEKA Sandiford and Amy Olson.

1ST BAHAMIAN CADDY ON LPGA TOUR FIGHTS MS, WINS BIG

TANEKA Sandiford wanted to play basketball. It just so happened that she was also very good at golf which turned out to be exactly the hole-in-one she needed to win big. Sandiford, a Bahamian, was coaching golf at a community college in Oklahoma in 2018 when she came home for the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic being played for the sixth time at the Ocean Club on Paradise Island.

That year, an up-and-coming American golfer from North Dakota named Amy Olson, taking her chances on the 6,644-yard course, picked Sandiford up as a caddy. The two connected and Olson invited Sandiford to caddy for her at the Australian Open a few months later. More tourneys followed and Sandiford, diagnosed the next year with multiple sclerosis, learned her dream of basketball would have ended but caddying she could and she did. Olson relied more and more on her friend and teammate.

Fast forward a little less than two years. In December, at a bitterly windy and freezing LPGA Women’s Open being played in Houston, Texas, Amy Olson was in the lead going into the final round. She had a chance at the title crown, the jewel of women’s golf, complete with a $1m purse and bragging rights you never have to forego.

That Saturday night with the final set for the next day, Amy and her husband got word his father died suddenly, a man Amy Olson adored.

Her husband flew home Sunday morning and Amy, grief-stricken, had to face a weather day and still consumed by grief, compete on Monday. On the course, players heard her singing the Josh Groban song, “You raise me up” over and over. With her faithful caddy and Bahamian friend by her side, Amy Olson in a second-place tie, just one point behind the winner.

Her take-home pay was $487,286. Rule of thumb is 10% for the caddy in a title match, that’s $48,000 for Taneka Sandiford, the first Bahamian caddy on the LPGA tour and a woman who just wanted to play basketball but found a calling that worked out even better.

Thanks to golfer and friend Mike Keating for a tip about this story.

Comments

GodSpeed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

If the rioters were Black the Capitol Police would have all gotten down on one knee and let them burn the building down to the ground. Just like BLM and Antifa burned down, looted, pulled down statues and murdered people throughout America for much of 2020 without any police interference because they were ordered to stand down by Democrat Mayors and Governors.

The Mainstream media would have painted the riots in a sad but positive light and call America a racist country that deserved it and now has the opportunity for a new start after this painful exercise. 100% of the people that are now so dismayed by "insurrection" of Trump followers, would have been 100% okay with BLM burning the Capitol to the ground because CNN, MSNBC etc. tells them what to think. Washington DC is ran by Black Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser so if you think something would have happened to Black rioters you must have not been watching them ransack America and Washington DC throughout all of 2020 with the mainstream media covering up for them and spinning their mass violence and criminality as "peaceful".

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kairosmatt 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Wow, since when did they start selling such strong hallucinogens in The Bahamas?

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GodSpeed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Next time you have nothing to say, just say nothing.

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buddah17 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Wow.... You should change your "nickname..." Get God out of it!

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GodSpeed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Why? I'm not the one who supports BLM which marches to chants saying "F*ck your Jesus". You guys support that, not me.

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buddah17 1 month, 2 weeks ago

You need a serious "chill pill..."

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GodSpeed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I'm seriously chilled dude, trust me. You're probably the one a little tilted because of unfortunate truths.

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buddah17 1 month, 2 weeks ago

And can you please send me the "many" tapes you must have where people are chanting "F"*k you Jesus.." when they march for BLM...

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GodSpeed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Why does it have to be "many"? Do you even know what the BLM organization stands for? What they really represent? Of course not, the media didn't educate you about that. If you did know what they stand for then you would know chanting "F Your Jesus" is right in line.

Video: https://youtu.be/po6m0v_jfCo">https://youtu.be/po6m0v_jfCo

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Proguing 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Godspeed you make the most accurate analysis.

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proudloudandfnm 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The evidence is clear, look at the army DC police had out for the peaceful BLM protest in DC. Check out how many were beaten and shot. Then watch those same police officers take selfies with racist trumpies and open the fencing to let them in during the riot last week. I lived in the US for 10 years, the racism was everywhere, including in the police force.

If they were black they'd all be dead....

Look how that little punk rittenhouse was thanked by police for "the help". Check out how that little kkk agent was allowed to walk around the protests with an AR 15 hung on his shoulder with absolutely no interference from police.

Systemic racism in the US is more than obvious....

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GodSpeed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Rittenhouse is a hero. Carrying a firearm is his right as an American. Also he has zero to do with the KKK or racism, he only shot a bunch of violent radical communists and convicted pedophiles trying to burn down neighborhoods and small businesses because the police couldn't do their jobs and stop them. Kyle is free now, thank God.

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buddah17 1 month, 2 weeks ago

So surprise how much you know about all of these people.. And what they are... (Didn't hear them refferred to as "radical coommunists and convicted pedophiles.") More like "young" and "students" and "trying to disarm" your "hero" AFTER he shot and killed people... BTW: Killing people is NOT "the police job..."

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GodSpeed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

"So surprise how much you know about all of these people.. And what they are..."

It's because I'm informed. I don't get my news from the AP, FOX, CNN, MSNBC, ABC etc. which have zero credibility and spout lies and misinformation 24/7... most of them except FOX are literally the propaganda arm of the DNC as revealed by Wikileaks...but FOX is just as bad really.

If you don't believe that those he killed are communists and pedophiles go look it up yourself. Don't use Google though, they censor information. Use something like duckduckgo.

"More like "young" and "students" and "trying to disarm" your "hero"

😂😂😂 Is that how they framed it in the MSM? Disarming Kyle is not the job of violent commies and pedos (especially when he is already going to the police himself). Just forget the brainwashing and look at the full videos for yourself. You can see Kyle was RUNNING AWAY from all of those who got shot while they chased him like zombies from "28 days later". Use logic, If he was on a shooting spree he would have been running after them and shooting everyone. They were running after him and attacking him on the ground when he tripped while heading to the police, he was defending himself. He actually did quite well and composed himself better than most grown men would. Kyle is a real America hero. And yes you're right, killing people is not the job of the police. Keeping order is. If the police did their job and quelled the BLM riots then people like Kyle wouldn't be shooting anyone.

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hrysippus 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The man or woman using the title godpe'ed is obviously s little deranged. Dianne Phillips has called it right in her column.

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JohnQ 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Poor Diane, her woke whiteness is showing.

Malcolm X was a Muslim minister and human rights activist. Born in 1925, he met his death at the hands of an assassin in 1965. Malcolm X was a courageous advocate for black civil rights. Malcom X had it right many years ago when he said and I quote;

"The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn't taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man."

Poor Diane.

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shonkai 1 month, 2 weeks ago

What would have happened if the government was all black?

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Proguing 1 month, 2 weeks ago

What would have happened if the police was all black?

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