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Rich Pellegrino

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I was in the employee lounge of my workplace when on the television appeared the live, real-time images of the terroristic attack on the NY skyscrapers which is now history, and all work stopped while my colleagues and I were glued to the television set watching the attacks unfold during that fateful day in which approximately 3000 people perished as a result.

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, I was working remotely from home on my computer when a notification email alerted me that the U.S. Capitol was under attack. Quickly retiring to my living room and turning on the TV I witnessed the terroristic attack taking place, live and real time, and remained glued to the TV, along with family members, for the remainder of that day watching the attack and aftermath unfold, in which four people perished as a result.

Some may say that the title of this essay, equating the significance of the two days’ attacks is a false equivalency, however I strongly beg to differ.

The 2001 attack was instigated and carried out by foreign terrorists in order to undermine this country’s economy and stability; the 2021 attack was incited by the sitting U.S. president and over a hundred members of Congress, and carried out by domestic terrorists, to undermine this country’s democratic election, resulting in only four deaths, however, reminiscent of and carried out by mobs whose words and actions glorify the lynching of over 4,000 Americans (3,446 who were Black), and the insurgency which resulted in the deaths of over half a million Americans. (It is notable that even during the latter conflict, the Confederate flag never reached or was flown in the Capitol, however on this day it was.) So if you want to minimize the significance of this terroristic attack, and declare a false equivalency with other terroristic attacks, you are part that mob mentality that will allow it to happen again!

What else did this act of domestic terrorism bring to light? The grave and racist disparities on how legitimate Black and Brown protesters are treated by law enforcement, compared with white nationalist, supremacist terrorists. If you want a false equivalency — there is a legitimate one. Black Lives Matter and related protesters have NEVER engaged in the acts of terrorism as did the white nationalist protesters-turned-insurrectionists on this day, yet they were and are met with brutal force while these white domestic terrorists were almost welcomed and invited to storm the Capitol, by some law enforcement, and met with limited resistance by others. If Blacks attempted the same thing they would have been gassed and clubbed at best, and gunned down at worst. This was Racism 101 on display for all the world to see. (And thank the lucky stars that there were no Black Lives Matter or other counter-protesters there, as they would have been blamed for everything which went down.)

Regarding legal consequences for those who both incited and took part in this treasonous insurrection and domestic terrorism, I will leave that up to the authorities to decide and act upon, however, I and we the people should not let “one red cent” of our tax dollars — our money — be spent on this traitor when he leaves office — no taxpayer-funded salary, pension, security, presidential library, etc., and I will be circulating a petition, and setting up a website and social media pages to promote that initiative to cut him off once and for all!

One major sweet spot about this day in history, though: Georgia and the Senate elections: POETIC JUSTICE!

Rich Pellegrino of Mableton is the field director of the Cobb chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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Butch Smith

You had to dream up a hypothetical situation so you could play the race card, how noble of you. You are usually pleading to legalize the millions of illegals in this country. Now we find out your a race-baiter also.

Butch Smith

Antifa and BLM have been rioting, burning and looting all year. A lot of the rioters at the Capital have already been identified as Antifa members. So that blows your little column up to just worthless dribble.

Rich the Equalizer Pellegrino

Really Butch....so you are a subscriber to the same fake news which motivates and motivated this crowd. (Your fake "Antifa" claim has already been debunked.) And please tell me---how many people and police officers have BLM & Antifa murdered during a protest/riot, etc. ?

Butch Smith

Debunked by the Facebook fact checkers ? Just look how many were hurt and killed in NY and Portland with their peaceful protests.

Howard Peterson

Let's not forget the many businesses that were burned and looted. And how about the CNN reporter telling everybody that the protests were mostly peaceful while buildings burned in the background. Join Antifa in the morning and go home that night with a new flat screen TV......

Rich the Equalizer Pellegrino

Ha ha ha Butch and Howard....you live in a delusional bubble of falsity and cult-worship. Do you even know what "Antifa" stands for and where and when it started? (Hint: it has something to do with being anti-fascist and against Hitler and Mussolini.) Now, if you are an authoritarian, anti-American, anti-democracy, cult follower then I can understand why you may be upset with an "Antifa" movement. I have been to hundreds of protests, which included Antifa, BLM, anarchists, and other so-called "radical" groups and have never witnessed the murder of anyone by these groups, even though they have been met by violent opposition from both right wing groups and law enforcement. So please don't equate them with the Trumpist cult of white nationalist terrorists who attacked the US Capitol, the Oregon and Michigan State Capitols, hatched a murder plot of the Michigan Governor, carried out mass killings of people of color and Jews in Texas, SC, PA...and the list goes on. They are domestic terrorists, and so are you if you support them.

Howard Peterson

Antifa is no more anti-facist than I am a member of the Democrat Party! Unfortunately, there are Far Left LOONS and Far Right LOONS. I have never condoned any of the incidents that you mentioned but if the Democrat Party continues to cause questions at the ballot box, censorship of free speech, attempts to destroy the 2nd Amendment and turning this wonderful country into a Communist Regime, I think the trouble is only beginning. And by the way, I remember a couple of BLM chants that were attempts at domestic terrorism. How about "WHAT DO WE WANT? DEAD COPS. WHEN DO WE WANT IT? NOW"!! And "PIGS IN A BLANKET, FRY 'EM LIKE BACON". Don't tell me you are proud of this.......

Howard Peterson

Rich, I read about your struggles with the virus and I am very HAPPY that you are recovering and feeling much, much better!

Rich the Equalizer Pellegrino

And thank you Howard for the kind words regarding my Covid recovery---as far as I know I am back to 100% replete with antibodies.

Rich the Equalizer Pellegrino

Howard, I have attended Antifa meetings here locally and in Atlanta and that is what they are all about: "anti-fascism" and "anti-racism". So please don't comment on what you don't have first hand knowledge of and experience with, and merely repeat what the far-right and the chump of a dog-catcher president says as that is mostly debunked. Also, the Democratic Party (of which I am not a member, but retain my independence) does nothing of the ilk you suggested, so again, you are repeating falsehoods spread by the right. Finally, the chants of a few BLM protestors amount to nothing close to domestic terrorism---so please don't equate the two. But I do agree that there are those who may be characterized as "Far Left & Far Right Loons", however the difference, in this country is that the many of the ones on the far right are violent and murderous but not so on the far left.

Butch Smith

23 people were shot dead in your peaceful protest with Antifa and BLM thugs. 150 Fed buildings were damaged during those protest, so don't come on here and say they were peaceful. This doesn't count the hundreds of small businesses that were damaged and looted.

Rich the Equalizer Pellegrino

Really Butch---more fake facts---one person was shot dead in Portland by one unaffiliated person and not by any group or mob---though right wingers rode through shooting peaceful protestors with paint ball guns---and none were even arrested. I don't know where you got the other 22 from it must be from chump fake facts. (And by the way, the FBI says in all of its reports that the major threat of domestic terrorism is from the right-wing groups, including those who stormed the capitol----and NOT Antifa or BLM. (By the way, perhaps it was really Black folk from BLM with painted "white-face" who infiltrated the capitol rioters---ha, ha, ha---makes as much sense as blaming Antifa every time you stub your toe.)

Butch Smith

Just google it.There are plenty of sites that will give you the names of the people killed. You need to do a little research next time and not just make stuff up.

Butch Smith

You were just looking for a forum so you could once again play the race card. Own it.

Annette Verhoff

My oh my, where are the "race baiter" comments on Nelson Price's column where he invokes BLM for a failed contrast & compare essay? While the actions of BLM and Antifa might be similar to that of the Y'allQuedas on Dec 6th, that is where the similarities end. The motivations and outcomes, or in other words the context, that's wildly divergent between the two. BLM/Antifa is a reaction to hundreds of years of violence against Americans recently being very well documented yet nothing ever changes. Y'allQueda, they have no gripe. All they got is lies from a con man. And they were trying to overthrow the US Government just because their guy lost. There is no comparison other than how unfortunate incidents for both BLM and Y'allQueda involve humans and property. Trump's followers think they are Orange Lives Matter, but Orange is the new Black only on Showtime. The OLMs are just scam victims, and I would very much like all their phone numbers so I can get their credit numbers before The Donald gets them first! --Christopher Davis -- Marietta GA

Howard Peterson

Have you been drinking or smoking something illegal??

Howard Peterson

Hey Rich! Look above & read Annette Verhoff's comments. These are the people that are supporting your views.....LOL, LOL, LOL!!!!!!

Rich the Equalizer Pellegrino

Howard, I agree with Annette's content and humor 100%--chump is a NY con-man (which all of us new yorkers knew and warned our southern conservative friends a long time ago)--way worse than Madoff and the like, who has conned millions and profited at their expense. (He was never conservative, anti-abortion, anti-illegal immigrant, Christian, etc. until he saw he could manipulate and con all of those groups---but, in the end, like most cons, it backfired big time, and he will likely end up in jail like his other con-artist friends.)

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