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South Bend council members, city clerk issue statement regarding Capitol Hill violence

South Bend Common Council Members Karen L. White, Sharon McBride, Sheila Niezgodski, Henry Davis, Jr., Canneth Lee, Lori Haman, Rachel Tomas Morgan, Troy Warner and South Bend City Clerk, Dawn M. Jones have issued a statemetn regarding the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6:

It was with shock, horror, and anger that members of the South Bend Common Council and City Clerk Dawn Jones viewed and learned about the violence in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.

The unlawful invasion of the U.S. Capitol by violent thugs who stormed the People’s House was not only an attack on the democratic system established by our country’s founders nearly 250 years ago, it was also an attack on every single person who has fought and died for, lived by, and sought to advance, that system over time.

That attack must be condemned by all. Those responsible for these despicable acts of violence must be held accountable, and quickly.

This was not just an attack on a building, or a symbol, or a system of government. At least five people tragically lost their lives. Many more were injured. Even more feared for their own safety.

It is easy to say that true Americans would never do such a thing because we are better than that. But are we? Do we hate others for their political beliefs? Or for the color of their skin, country of origin, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation? If so, that hate will be the death knell of our democracy whether it comes in the nation’s capital, in rural areas, or in our cities and suburbs.

A democratic system of government is not easy to maintain. It requires participation by its citizens.

Equally important, it requires that everyone views everyone else as an equal and to be open to consider their ideas with the understanding that they will consider our own ideas.

This is what the members of the Common Council and City Clerk strive for. This is what we ask all our residents to strive for.

Condemnation of the violence in Washington D.C. is easy. Anyone can say the words. It is far more difficult and important to put those words into action. But that is what we all must do if our democracy is to survive.

Our people, and therefore, our government, may not be perfect, but we need to be much better than what we saw in Washington D.C.

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8 comments

Charles U Farley January 8, 2021 at 4:47 pm

Hypocrites! Where was their condemnation of BLM/Antifa when they actually burned, looted, and murdered for 9 months? Where was their outrage? Oh, wait, those were “peaceful protests”.

Concern trolls like the SBCC and Clerk are part of the problem, NOT part of the solution. Maybe they need to start to be consistent if they want to be respected in the community.

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Stocks January 8, 2021 at 4:48 pm

Funny, but I don’t recall these stuffed shirts issuing a statement condemning the burning, looting, death and destruction that went on all summer long in cities all over the US.

Give me a break and keep it to yourself. No one gives a crap whet you think.

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Earl Mullet January 8, 2021 at 4:48 pm

Good. Now lets apply the same condemnation to the riots/rioters in Portland and Wisconsin. Because if we can’t apply the same standards to everyone then this statement is just more virtue signally from people who don’t really mean what they say. On a side note, reach out to your friends and neighbors.

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david January 8, 2021 at 4:52 pm

We ALL KNOW that the “capital riots” were instigated by persons planted in the crowd by the libs/dems/commies. The plants were instructed to make the Trump supporters look bad!!

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Brad January 8, 2021 at 5:55 pm

Yep NOW it’s unacceptable. Unreal. We are so doomed. These people are psychopaths. They have no connection to the real world.

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AlphaWolf80 January 9, 2021 at 11:48 am

No matter what has happened 9 months ago, Trump supporters instigated the burning of buildings, uncivil protests and racial violence. Just like they continue to instigate a false rigging of the people of the United States votes, all this says is that white Trump supporters are the real enemy of the United States. Domestic Terrorist if you will, thatx the new term for any Trump supporter. Democracy lives in the real supporters of our country. American has always been great until these last 4 years, now to rebuild and make America the best for our American people.

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H January 11, 2021 at 5:20 am

Oh Alpha are you really that uninformed or are you just willfully ignorant? So Trump supporters started the riots over the summer? I would laugh but its sad how simple you are. Your Gods the DUMBOcrats and the media have said those were peaceful protests born from racial inequality now your here telling us Trump supporters caused them and they were not peaceful??? Oh and the racial unrest started under the obama admin. your brain just doesn’t have enough power to remember back that far. I’ve got more to say but honestly your not worth it

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Chet Nemko January 9, 2021 at 11:07 pm

Who’s anyone on the SBCC compared to real politicians in Washington DC that would possibly think anyone needed to hear from them now about this? All we heard was crickets from you this whole past year when statues were vandalized? Buildings looted and burnt? Riots in the streets all over America causing death and destruction?
You guys stick to arguing about leaf pickup, flexing on bars and restaurants in the area then leave the political statements to the real lawmakers we care to hear from!

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