Rittenhouse trial highlights worst nature of America’s cultural war
One of the problems with seeing everything through an identity politics lens is that you tend to miss out on a lot.
It was the media coverage of the Rittenhouse trial.
The mainstream media narrative drenched this story in awakened dogma and made this kid a poster for gun rights.
Of course, it’s problematic that the police didn’t arrest him right away, but aside from that, I think it’s surprisingly lazy to just think of talking about racism.
The people he shot were all white. One of them was a child molester, the other a domestic violence abuser. He was there at night to provide medical aid to protesters and protect businesses after spending the day cleaning up graffiti from the school. He was confronted by people with guns and weapons who attacked him.
He was always going to back out of those charges because it was still self-defense.
Former Wall Street Journal and New York Times columnist Bari Weiss is devastating in her critiques …
Here’s what I thought to be true about Kyle Rittenhouse during the last days of August 2020 based on mainstream media accounts: The 17-year-old was a racist vigilante. I thought he had crossed state lines to Kenosha, Wisc., With an illegally acquired semi-automatic rifle, to a town he had no connection with. I thought he went because he knew there were Black Lives Matter protests and he wanted to start a fight. And I thought at the end of the evening of August 25, 2020, that was exactly what he had done, killing two peaceful protesters and injuring a third.
It turns out that this account was mostly fake.
Unless you are a regular reader of independent reporting – Jacob Siegel of Tablet Magazine and Jesse singal stand out for being ahead of the pack (and pilloried, like clockwork, not to follow the herd) – you would have received a bunch of lies about what happened during those terrible days in Kenosha. And you would have been shocked over the past two weeks as the trial unfolded in Wisconsin, as every main claim was undermined by the evidence of what really happened that night.
This was not a disinformation campaign by Reddit trolls or anonymous Twitter accounts. It was a narrative pushed by the mainstream media and sitting Members of Congress in the name of a timely political narrative – a narrative that asked people to believe, among other unrealities, that blocks of burning buildings somehow constituted sort of peaceful protests.
… The emptiness of the character assassination against Rittenhouse has allowed the Right to defend his actions and make him a poster for gun rights.
The problem isn’t Rittenhouse’s white cis male toxic heteronormative masculinity privilege, the danger is what happens when 17-year-olds think the only option is to take to the streets with machine guns because the police is far away.
Soaking this story in awakened dogma is no use or even monitoring.
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