The media and certain politicians displayed perplexing contrasts during and after the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, an 18-year-old white male accused of killing two white men and injuring another.
According to PolitiFact, Rittenhouse illegally owned a gun, “The Wisconsin Department of Justice honors concealed carry permits issued in Illinois. But Rittenhouse did not have a permit to begin with, and he was not legally old enough to carry a firearm in Wisconsin.”
However, “Mr. Rittenhouse was 17 at the time of the shootings. The judge threw out the charge after nobody in court disputed the length of the gun’s barrel,” as The New York Times reported.
Father Jesse Jackson marched in front of a crowd of demonstrators in Chicago, where some screamed, “When black lives are under attack, what do we do?”
But Rittenhouse is white, as are the two people he killed and the one he injured.
“Here you have a 17-year-old boy who was driven by his mother across state lines with an automatic weapon—frankly, she should have been detained for child endangerment—to go to a protest.” said Rep. Karen Bass, (D-Calif.)
“Employers, consider giving your Black employees a day or two off after the Rittenhouse verdict. Regardless of the outcome, it’s going to be hard for black people to work and it isn’t fair to expect them to.” Gregory McKelvey, the vice-chair of the Oregon Democratic Party’s Black Party, tweeted this before the ruling.
“The Smith & Wesson semiautomatic rifle that Rittenhouse used in the shootings was already in Wisconsin, according to court testimony and police interviews. … Using money that Rittenhouse gave him, Dominick Black, a friend who also dated one of Rittenhouse’s sisters, bought the gun at a hardware store in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, in May 2020. Black, who was 18 at the time, purchased the gun for Rittenhouse, who at age 17 was too young to legally buy it for himself. In court this month, Black and Rittenhouse said they agreed that Black would hold onto the rifle until Rittenhouse turned 18 in January 2021, and that it would be kept at Black’s home in Kenosha.” according to Fackcheck.org.
The jury was not all white, according to reports. The group consisted of seven ladies and five men. Just one of them is a person of color.