On Aug 25,17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly fired shots at three people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with a Smith & Wesson AR-15-style rifle, which left two dead. Rittenhouse traveled to the protests with illegal possession of an assault weapon to act as a “vigilante.”
By positioning himself at the center of the violence, the incident escalated by him shooting a man in the head. Then minutes later, he fired more deadly shots at two people who were trying to stop his madness. After, police officers tossed him a bottle of water and thanked him for his services. Prosecutors charged Rittenhouse with first-degree intentional homicide.
If you haven’t seen the injustice that caused thousands of people in this country to march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, then this obvious contrast of how two human beings of different races are treated by police should wake you up.
This problem can’t be resolved by individuals who are blinded by their racial biases and stereotypes.
Do you think a Black male could walk down the street carrying a semi-automatic weapon, and the police wouldn’t stop him? Would he be able to go home without being questioned?
Even if you don’t agree with the BLM Movement, the protesting and destruction of businesses, this doesn’t give individuals the green light to try to take matters into their own hands and kill others.
Some on the right view this incident differently and went as far to protect Rittenhouse’s image. When videos hit the internet, conservative media outlets began crafting a counternarrative in which the teenager isn’t a delusional vigilante, but a well-intentioned, overzealous patriot who shot two violent assailants in self-defense.
On Aug 26, Fox News host Tucker Carlson defended Rittenhouse due to the violence and property damage in Kenosha.
“How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?” Carlson asked.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter once again drew Twitter’s ire on Aug 26, when she wished Rittenhouse, who just killed two protesters in Kenosha, was her President.
In a video on Twitter, Rittenhouse’s attorney, John Pierce claims the teen was being attacked by protesters and acted in self-defense.
“If this is not self-defense for Kyle Rittenhouse under the circumstances, then no one can protect themselves, no one can protect their family and no one can protect their country,” Pierce says in the video while noting self-defense is a “God-given right.”
There’s even the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo that’s hosting a fundraising drive for alleged domestic terrorist Rittenhouse after legitimate crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe refused to do so. The fundraising drive has already raised over $100,000.
If he was Black, he would be depicted as a thug or a gang-banger or a criminal by the media. But since he’s not, the depiction is different.
Was it just coincidence that these shootings by a young man who saw it as his “duty” to “shield” businesses and aids people, occurred as the Republican National Convention gave notoriety to a reckless narrative about uncontrolled violent mobs taking over cities governed by Democrats?