In a January 3, 2022 article in The Guardian, Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe writes as follows about the violent insurrection against the US government at the Capitol one year ago, on January 6, 2021:

"To be sure, we have seen the rise of a veritable cottage industry of commentary warning sharply that America remains subject to what some have called a "slow-motion insurrection" or that "Trump's Next Coup Has Already Begun."

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/03/risk-us-coup-next-us-election-greater-than-under-trump

But little of this commentary mentions the anti-immigrant racism which was very arguably one the major motivations behind the violent insurrection.

But first, by way of background, there can be no question that anti-immigrants racism was one of the central features of the Trump-Miller regime, if not the heart of their entire policy, and that this feeling is still highly influential in American society today, one year after the insurrection.

This is true even among the most highly-educated Americans who were not involved in any way with the January 6, 2021 insurrection. One such example, allegedly, is a different law professor, Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Guardian reports on January 5, 2022, that Professor Wax has been condemned by the Dean of her own law school, Theodore Ruger, for allegedly making what Dean Ruger reportedly described as "xenophobic" and white supremacist" comments about Asian immigrants and other nonwhite people.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/05/us-law-professor-racist-comments-amy-wax-condemned

Among the comments that Professor Wax, according to The Guardian, allegedly made at a podcast by economist Glenn Loury were ones opposing the influx of "Asian elites" into the US and calling for less immigration from Asian countries.

The same report in The Guardian also alleges that Professor Wax:

"...asserted that most Asian-Americans are Democrats and questioned 'whether or not the spirit of liberty beat in their breast."

The same article also quotes Profesor Wax as allegedly saying:

"As long as most Asians support Democrats and help to advance their positions, I think the United States is better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration."

Again, Professor Wax had nothing to do with the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol. But if the statements that the above article in the Guardian attributes to her are accurate, this would raise a question about how many Trump supporters and other Republicans hold similar views about Asian or other non-white immigrants, and how much influence such views had in touching off the violent rioters who did participate in the January 6, 2021 insurrection.


To begin with, there is evidence that at least some the January 6, 2021 Capitol rioters engaged in racism against black policemen who tried to defend the building: See: AP News, July 28, 2021:

Racism of rioters takes center stage in Jan.6 hearing

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-government-and-politics-riots-race-and-ethnicity-capitol-siege-51e7098111e221b88e3b64d476f241c8

In addition, CNN reported on January 11, 2021, five days after the insurrection, that openly white supremacist groups, such as the Proud Boys and the Oath-Keepers, were involved in demonstrating or instigating the violence. See:

https://www.cnn.com.2021/01/09/us/capitol-hill-insurrection-extremist-flags-soh/index.html

But the clearest statement showing the connection between anti-immigrant racism and the Capitol insurrection one year ago comes from Human in a Rights Watch January 5, 2022 article called:

Racism's Prominent Role in January 6, US Capitol Attack

https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/01/05/racisms-prominent-role-january-6-us-capitol-attack

To be continued:

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard College A. B.
Harvard Law School LL.B