“Protesters are in the building”: Irony, Race, and Democracy

Hassanaly Ladha
5 min readFeb 10, 2021

The whitewashing of the violence that took place on January 6 marks a greater threat to our democracy than the riot itself

The violent mob that forcefully breached the halls of Congress on January 6 — assaulting officers of the law, trespassing on and destroying government property, and literally obstructing the process of democracy — consisted of more than just “protesters.”

(Protester, n. someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc. —…

Hassanaly Ladha

Hassanaly Ladha is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut.