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American Violence on January 6th, 2001

"Far from being un-American, such explosions of brutality and tribal violence have long been a part of this nation's story. Up to 750,000 died during the fratricidal Civil War, and nearly 4,000 African- Ameircans were lynched by white mobs in the Jim Crow South from 1877 to 1950. Today, ..The U.S. has the highest rate of mass shoootings in the Western world and a gun homicide rate 25 times higher than those of similarly developed countries. During the Capitol siege young staffers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took cover in a conference room, barricaded the door, turned off th lights, and hid under a table in silence----survival tactics they had learned growing up with active-shooter drills in shcools. We will never be able to treat the sickness that led to last week's insurrection unless we recognize this is a part of who we are. It might be America at its ugliest, but it is America."----Editor's letter in the January 22, 2001 issue of THE WEEKLY
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