Nutball gun-toting white demonstrators tried to intimidate lawmakers. The next day, voters from Lansing, Michigan showed up to escort their first Black representative to work at the Capitol.
A black lawmaker came to Michigan’s capitol with an escort of armed black citizens on Wednesday, days after white protesters with guns staged a volatile protest inside the state house, comparing the Democratic governor’s public health orders to “tyranny”.
The state representative Sarah Anthony, 36, said she wanted to highlight what she saw as the failure of the Michigan capitol police to provide legislators with adequate security during the protest, which saw demonstrators with rifles standing in the legislative chamber above lawmakers.
“When traditional systems, whether it’s law enforcement or whatever, fail us, we also have the ability to take care of ourselves,” she told the Guardian. Anthony became the first African American woman elected to represent her district in Lansing, Michigan’s capital, in 2018.
There was a time when the labor unions of Detroit would have marched on the state capitol to defend elected lawmakers from gun-toting rabble trying to shut down democracy. They marched against Nazis. They marched against the KKK. Representative Anthony is fortunate she has individuals in her district who are willing and ready to stand up against attempts at intimidation.