Bipartisan commission needed on insurrection


I Remember the bipartisan 9/11 Commission. None of us enjoyed hearing about the multiple failures of intelligence, imagination, and security that left us vulnerable to foreign terrorists. But we learned from it.

This week we observed the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Several hundred Black people were killed and 40 city blocks of Black-owned property were destroyed. The front page of the main Tulsa newspaper headline read, “Riots result in 2 white deaths.”

The next day that same paper reported that “many Whites were injured.” No wonder many of us had never heard of this horrible, hate-filled event.

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” If we deny what we witnessed with our own eyes; if we try to rewrite history, to pretty it up and make it more comfortable for us; we fail in our duty to future generations.

We need a bipartisan commission to study the Jan. 6 insurrection. To do less is to fail all those who died in the defense of our Constitution and government of, by and for the people.

Lola Johnson



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