Screw Unity. Try Accountability.

Rafael A. Sarmiento
11 min readJan 9, 2021
The most drastic difference between the Floyd protests and the Capitol insurrection was the idea of saying “Look what’s happening to us” vs. “Look at us.”

Just…fuck, man.


How many times do I have to say, in the year 2021, that Nazis are bad? That the Confederacy was awful? That authoritarianism is dangerous? That a president with a cult of personality is terrifying? That Donald J. Trump was the most unfit man to run for office in US history and the worst president it has ever had, by far?

Nice and prepped as a Sunday picnic.

If you’re scared about how things have panned out, don’t worry, it only means that you’re sane. Any rational person will not try to rationalize what happened on January 6, 2021. Don’t get me wrong; there’s clearly people at fault, and the path to how we got there is very clear, but there is no defending what went down. There’s no possible scenario in which we can even slightly defend those actions or those people. And the saddest part is, I can’t say I’m at all even surprised. The only reason a similar action didn’t occur on November 4th was because the election wasn’t decided until days later, and there was no set date for when it would be. However, the official congressional vote count on January 6th was a firm date people could organize around.

There’s only so much that we can do for some people. The refusal of (or inaccessibility to) higher education, short attention spans, long held beliefs with a coating of stubbornness, and the backfire effect are powerful agents to keep people deeply rooted in their mental trenches.

But I seriously don’t have the time nor the crayons to explain to people that this:


A man waving the Confederate flag in the US Capitol. It’s not a sign of “state’s rights.” Yeah sure, a state’s right to what? Slavery. It’s not about the “economy.” What did the Confederate economy rely on? Slavery. Which is fundamentally one of the darkest and most awful concepts in human history, and in the case of the Confederacy, is built upon the belief that the white race is the supreme one. It’s not a sign of being a “rebel,”…

Rafael A. Sarmiento

I hold a BA in film and in history from UNM and MA in iMAES from USC. I’m not a pessimist, I’m correct. Follow me for troglodyte slaying 101.