Best Buy, a Minnesota company, offered employees ‘counseling services’ after Rittenhouse verdict

Legacy media and left-wing think tanks once described the courts as "a bulwark in our democracy." Now, even the chief diversity officer at Best Buy is apparently trying to discredit the judicial system post-Rittenhouse.

Mark Irvin (center) is the chief diversity officer of Best Buy. (Best Buy/Twitter and YouTube screenshots)

Best Buy, the technology retailer, offered “mental health resources” and “counseling services” to its employees after the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict was announced.

Rittenhouse is a teenager who was proven to have acted in self-defense when he shot three men, killing two, after a left-wing mob attempted to kill him in Kenosha, Wisconsin, at a BLM riot last year. Shortly after this verdict was announced, Best Buy’s chief inclusion, diversity and talent officer moved to undermine the courts, despite the fact that the judicial system is a key pillar of America’s democracy.

“We can do better, we will do better,” diversity officer Mark Irvin wrote in an email to Best Buy staff. “The verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial stirs many emotions, and it’s another difficult moment for our nation,” he claimed, reminding employees that they’re “encouraged to take advantage of [Best Buy’s] mental health resources, including the Life Solutions counseling services.”

Other than casting doubt on the judicial system, Irvin’s job at Best Buy is “to ensure that one out of three new non-hourly corporate roles will go to BIPOC candidates,” per the Twin Cities Business magazine. This means Best Buy wants its staff population to include slightly fewer white people per capita than America as a whole, which is 76% white.

Meanwhile, Irvin is not alone in his attempt to discredit the validity of a jury trial. Outlets like the Associated Press and others have platformed similar voices attempting to undermine our sovereign courts. NBC, for example, published a claim made by Max Burns that the jury system doesn’t work.

This distrust in the judicial process stems mostly from the political left and marks a sharp departure from the position this wing took while Donald Trump was president. Just a few years ago, legacy media outlets like The Washington Post and liberal think tanks like the Brennan Center for Justice opined about how Trump’s appointments threatened to undermine the judicial branch.

ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero even declared in 2017 during the Trump administration that courts are “a bulwark in our democracy.” The ACLU’s faith in the courts has since waned. The organization now distrusts the judicial system, suggesting that the Kenosha courts got it wrong, that it’s a white supremacist institution and that Rittenhouse is a murderer — despite the verdict delivered by a jury of his peers.


Kyle Hooten

Kyle Hooten is Managing Editor of Alpha News. His coverage of Minneapolis has been featured on television shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and in print media outlets like the Wall Street Journal.