The news from one year ago still divides us
January 6, 2022
The capitol insurrection was exactly one year ago, Jan. 6, 2021. I remember coming home from school that day to hear my mom say there was something going on at the capitol building in Washington D.C., that something was wrong. She turned on the TV and I watched the swarm of people, news commentators speaking frantically. It seemed like something that would happen in a television drama series, not in real life. Though it was somewhat distant from my own life in the Twin Cities, it still felt like a strikingly important moment that demonstrated the division in our country. In the days following, any time I opened social media I saw images of the chaos. Today, most headlines are reminders of the attack. Everyone seems to be asking the questions, “Where are we now? How have things changed?” In my eyes, our country is still sharply divided. We still struggle to figure out how to come together, and if anything, the violence at the capitol separated us even further. On the one-year anniversary of something so horrific, we need to rebuild and reconnect our fragmented country, which is what we should have been doing for so long.