From January 6 Rage to (Near) Unconditional Empathy on January 7

Michael Francis
6 min readJan 7
January 6 riot at the US Capitol
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I struggle to think of a moment I felt more gutted, frustrated and enraged than the few hours I spent watching the January 6 insurrection live last year. While I certainly have my grievances with American democracy, it’s legitimacy, and what we should consider acceptable protest against illegitimate institutions, I couldn’t help but feel that all that was good about this American…