One of the problems with seeing everything through an identity politics lens is that you tend to miss a lot.
That was the mainstream coverage of the Rittenhouse trial.
The mainstream media narrative drenched this story in woke dogma and made this kid a poster boy for the gun nutter right.
Sure, it’s problematic that the Police didn’t arrest him straight away, but beside that, I think it’s astonishingly lazy thinking to simply make this 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 in the night offering medical help to protestors and protecting businesses after spending the day cleaning graffiti off the school. He was confronted by people with guns and weapons who attacked him.
He was always going to get off these charges because it was always self defense.
Former Wall Street Journal and New York Times columnist Bari Weiss is devastating in her criticism…
Here is what I thought was 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 drove across state lines, to Kenosha, Wisc., with an illegally acquired semi-automatic rifle to a town to which he had no connection. I thought he went there because he knew there were Black Lives Matter protests and he wanted to start a fight. And I thought that by the end of the evening of August 25, 2020, he had done just that, killing two peaceful protestors and injuring a third.
It turns out that account was mostly wrong.
Unless you’re 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, for not going along with the herd) — you would have been served a pack 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 core claim was undermined by the evidence of what actually happened that night.
This wasn’t a disinformation campaign waged by Reddit trolls or anonymous Twitter accounts. It was one pushed by the mainstream media and sitting members of Congress for the sake of an expedient political narrative—a narrative that asked people to believe, among other unrealities, that blocks of burning buildings somehow constituted peaceful protests.
…The hollowness of the woke character assassination against Rittenhouse has enabled the Right to champion his actions and make him a poster child for gun rights.
The issue isn’t the heteronormative white cis male toxic masculinity privilege of Rittenhouse, the danger is what happens when 17 year olds think the only option is taking to the streets with machine guns because the Police have walked away.
Drenching this story in woke dogma serves no insight or even oversight.
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