Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber (both white men) because of white supremacy, according to left-wing politicians and journalists.
Rittenhouse shot three people (all white), killing two, in a claimed self-defense incident after he was charged by left-wing rioters during unrest in Kenosha last year. A jury cleared him of all charges on Friday.
According to people like Rep. Cori Bush, Rittenhouse’s acquittal was “white supremacy in action.”
“This system isn’t built to hold white supremacists accountable. It’s why Black and brown folks are brutalized and put in cages while white supremacist murderers walk free,” she said on Twitter.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley said the verdict shows that “racism and white supremacy remain the bedrock of our legal system.”
“This is the system working just the way it was designed to work. Two systems of justice. Separate and inherently unequal,” added Minnesota Rep. Ruth Richardson.
An MSNBC writer claimed the Rittenhouse trial “was designed to protect white conservatives who kill.”
“This country was built on the idea that white men had a particular kind of freedom and a particular kind of citizenship that only they have that gives, you know, from the slave catchers on, the right to inflict violence in the name of protecting property,” said MSNBC host Joy Reid.
Two recent criminal cases directly contradict these narratives. On Friday, the same day Rittenhouse was acquitted, a black man named Andrew Coffee IV was found not guilty on charges of murder and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after claiming self-defense.
What if Rittenhouse was black?
Well here are two black guys who were recently acquitted after shooting at police then making a self defense claim pic.twitter.com/RvK2g1n23f
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) November 20, 2021
Minneapolis man Jaleel Stallings, who is black, was charged with attempted murder after he fired at police officers during the George Floyd riots. He claimed self-defense during his July trial and won.