Screen grab of insurrectionists at the Capitol

Sadly, yes: this is who we are

Time to face the truth

Kaila Colbin
5 min readJan 8, 2021


“This is not who we are,” said Joe Biden on Wednesday, as armed insurrectionists freely roamed the Capitol:

Let me be very clear: The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America. Do not represent who we are. What we’re seeing are a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness.

I like Joe Biden. I’m glad he won the election. I want him to de-escalate, to soothe, to uplift. I want him to empower the better angels of our nature.

I also want him to speak the truth. I want him to face with relentless discipline the reality of the society he has just been certified to preside over as President.

I want him to lead.

Because the truth is that this is who we are.

@drakegatsby: If everybody says “this is not who we are” then who was doing all that

What happened at the Capitol was horrifying. Shocking. Heartbreaking.

But eminently unsurprising.

@colvinj: The Rioters Who Took Over The Capitol Have Been Planning Online In The Open For Weeks

According to a YouGov poll taken the day of the siege, one in five registered voters “strongly or somewhat” supported the storming of the Capitol. Among Republicans, that number jumps to 45%.

26% of registered voters — one in four — think Joe Biden is “a great deal or somewhat to blame” for the attack. 52% of Republican voters think so.

This is not a small group of disaffected extremists. This is not fringe.

And, if we ignore the underlying causes, we’re going to see it again — and worse.

We need to have the courage to admit what should by now be painfully obvious:

White supremacy is the beating heart of this movement.

@NoahCaine: to make it here without dying is the epitome of white privilege

This is the National Guard on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the Black Lives Matter…



Kaila Colbin

Founder/CEO Boma. Dual citizen USA/NZ. Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Just wants the world to be a better place.