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Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) In the days since an unhinged mob of domestic terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, spurred on by the president in their effort to thwart the free exchange of executive power, some media and political figures have been offering refrains that seek to sanitize and compartmentalize the chaotic images of a futile coup attempt broadcast around the world. “This isn’t America,” they intone. “This isn’t us. We’re better than this.” Are we though? To perpetuate the notion of the United States as a clear-minded exemplar of justice wedded to democratic principles and egalitarian ideals, is to propagate the great American myth. Yet the country’s foremost power brokers remain steadfast in their support of America’s undaunted righteousness: In a speech on Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden said that the shameful episode didn’t represent the “true America.” Apparently this was a fringe minority of interlopers that came from some other place—never mind that, in a time of extreme political polarization, more than 70 percent of Republican voters have suggested they don’t trust the outcome of the 2020 election , according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey. Hopeful assurances that “this isn’t us” effectively whitewash the stains out of America’s history—the fact that slavery, segregation, imperialism, rampant inequality, gun violence, systemic racism, and a host of other social maladies are the progenitors of our modern plight. Beyond that, it’s a platitude that a lot of people find offensive, as it effectively erases the struggles of those who […]