Of all the platitudes doled out to honor Black trailblazers and achievers last month few compare this millennium with the heroic deeds exhibited by Capitol Police Officer, Eugene Goodman on Jan. 6.
His selfless act of heroism and duty was rewarded in Black History Month with a standing ovation from a bi-partisan assembly of legislators and most importantly, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The honorable distinction rewards the quick-thinking police officer — who diverted domestic terrorists away from the Senate chamber during a siege on the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. represent gold medal status to his profession and race.
It also declares Goodman a national hero.
His brave, quick-thinking action went viral and immediately lauded him a hero after video showed him luring the armed and angry mob away from the chamber of democracy.
Goodman knew his way around the vast building and instead of yielding to the invaders — many of whom carried weapons of destruction — steered them away from the area then-Vice President Mike Pence might have been.
Throughout the insurrection cheerleaders vowed to “hang Mike Pence.”
Outside the Capitol Building a noose hung from a wooden frame seemingly ready to accommodate the chants.
Goodman knew the sought-after Republican had been presiding inside the chamber moments prior to the breach, therefore he purposeful guided the crowd away from the target area some said they intended to perpetrate destruction.
His decision proved heroic.
According to New York’s senior senator and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer: “I think we can all agree that Eugene Goodman deserves the highest honor Congress can bestow.”
Sen. Schumer made the announcement from the same floor breached by insurrectionists determined to upend a constitutional procedure of certifying the votes of Americans.
Moments after conceding to defeat when Republicans banded to reject incriminating evidence against their leader, the senior senator from New York said: “Here in this trial, we saw a new video, powerful video showing calmness under pressure, his courage in the line of duty, his foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob’s rage so that others might reach safety.”
“In the weeks after the attack on Jan. 6, the world learned about the incredible bravery of Officer Goodman on that fateful day,” Schumer added.
The previously unreleased video was a revelation.
Showing images of former Vice President Mike Pence scurrying to safety and his Republican colleague from Utah, Senator Mitt Romney being redirected from danger, there was indisputable evidence that on that ill-fated date, PO Goodman acted bravely and unselfishly.
For a brief moment, it seemed politics took a back-seat.
A bi-partisan assembly of Democrats and Republican senators stood to applaud the hero cop.
The 41-year-old Army veteran was born in Washington D.C.
He had faced confrontation in Iraq as a member of the 101st airborne. But that was on foreign soil.
His overseas service earned him a combat infantryman badge
Goodman is now the acting deputy sergeant-at-arms of the US Senate.
In his official role on inauguration day, Jan. 20 2021, Goodman escorted Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to the ceremony she was sworn to national duty.
In recent years, Blacks have been posthumously recognized and acknowledged for their selfless duty to America.
Now that the first and second months of 2021 ended with gold medal honor to officer Goodman, a new chapter must be added to history’s under-recognized and frequently undocumented archive of Black American male patriots.
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