Actor Kevin Hart is one of many who were disturbed by the U.S. Capitol protests that took place Wednesday, January 6, in Washington D.C. — and he's got some strong words about the country's current division.
Hart made his feelings clear in an Instagram post, in which he shared a photo of a protester sitting with his feet on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's desk, as well as a snap of several protesters scaling a wall to enter the Capitol. All of the people pictured were white.
"2 completely different America’s that we are living in. If these people were black they would have all been shot dead," he captioned the montage.
"This s*** is past the word sad....at this point it’s pure disrespect to all people of color," he continued. "Why can’t we see this situation handled the same way that we have seen our people handled repeatedly....when the armed officers are supposed to use force they don’t."
Hart's statement, although reflective of many others who took to social media to discuss racial double standards, garnered some criticism from fans. One pleaded with the actor to use his fame "for good" and "not to stoke the fire that is burning America to the ground."
However, plenty of others agreed with him. One fan summed it up neatly by expressing that America has "two sets of laws depending on your skin color."
One thing that everyone can agree upon: Wednesday's protests stunned the entire nation. The uprising was directed at the afternoon's congressional session held to certify the 2020 Electoral College vote, a largely ceremonial process that would officially name Joe Biden president.
The vote was being contested by sitting President Trump, who urged his followers in an earlier rally to protest and "stop the steal" of the presidency, which he alleges was won by fraudulent means.
On Thursday, January 7, current Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Biden as the winner of the Electoral College count, formally declaring that he will be sworn in as the next president in 13 days.