— Maudlyne Ihejirika
Rittenhouse verdict was message to white youth: If you believe #BlackLivesMatter, your life means nothing
“Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial was never directly about race. Everyone involved in the shooting — the victims and the killer — were young white men.
“Nor was it entirely about whether Rittenhouse killed 26-year-old Anthony Huber and 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum in self-defense, as the jury decided on Friday.
“It is easy to make this case all about vigilante justice, but it is much more complex.
“Nothing in America is that simple anymore.
“From the moment Rittenhouse was charged with killing two men and injuring another with his AR15 semi-automatic rifle during a protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, this case has been for the far right, a rare opportunity to send a warning to white sons and daughters all over the country — that associating with Black Lives Matter is dangerous and deadly .... “