A January 6 Protestor Eligible To Serve No Prison Time

Isaac Newton Farris Jr
8 min readJun 28

In the historic World War 2 words of former President Franklin Roosevelt January 6, 2021 “ will live in infamy”, as the day of the first home-grown threat to American democracy. It was a day when thousands of American protestors vandalized and violently invaded Capitol Hill to defy, deny, and overturn the legitimate one-person-one-vote-counted 2020 presidential election. So far 310 protestors have been sentenced to prison and 118 protestors have been sentenced to home detention, but there was a January 6 protestor among the Capitol Hill property destruction and the violent attacks on the Capitol Hill Police, who should be eligible to serve no prison time and serve no home detention.

The act of protesting in America is older than the 245-year-old United States of America. 88 years before America’s 1776 Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, the first organized act of protest in America was a written 1688 Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery in the then 13 British colonies of America. 85 years later when the British government imposed a tea tax on the 13 colonies, people living in the Boston, Massachusetts colony dumped hundreds of chests of tea from the British East India Company into Boston Harbor, as an act of protest and defiance against the British for imposing taxes on the colonies when they had no representation in the British Parliament, creating taxation without representation.

Protestors dumping the tea into Boston Harbor was the 1773 Boston Tea Party protest, which led to the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the creation of the United States of America. And since dumping the tea into Boston Harbor was the destruction of property technically one could claim America was born out of violent protest. Acts of protest are synonymous with any true democracy, which is why the Founding Fathers included the freedom of speech, the freedom to petition, and freedom of assembly, along with the freedom of the press and freedom of religion, as the 5 freedoms granted to every American citizen in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Isaac Newton Farris Jr

Isaac Newton Farris Jr. is the nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serves as Senior Fellow at the King Center.