However justified or unjustified?
Social justice warriors are labeling Kyle Rittenhouse, that 17-year-old who tried to surrender to Kenosha police after killing two and wounding another, as a white supremacist and terrorist.
For sure, the kid is guilty of being white. For certain, it’s illegal in Wisconsin to brandish weapons at his age. He may even have attended a Trump rally! But Dylan Roof, he is not.
The kid is a wannabe cop, which is case closed for the Cop Haters. But from all available evidence, not a Proud Boy or a Boogaloo Bois. There are worse things to want to be than a police officer (such as drug dealer or community organizer) — although the “mostly peaceful” rioters at BLM/Antifa and other Defunders of Police would disagree.
So the Werkes throws out this question for the class: Are the citizens of Kenosha not allowed to defend their livelihoods? Must they stand aside as they watch it burn? Sweep up the glass? Go out of business? Expected to pay for someone else’s moral posturing as their price for 1619?
Because, it is clear that law enforcement cannot protect your property or your lives. (Just ask 11-year-old Anisa Scott.) The role of police has been reduced to the intake service for the criminal justice system. They can arrest after the shooting and looting is done. Sometimes.
Don’t loot and we won’t shoot
Civilians in Kenosha are not the first to defend themselves against the smash and grabbers. “Black activists … were seen arming themselves … to protect local businesses amid the looting and rioting following the death of George Floyd” in June.
In a video that went viral on Twitter, the civilians were captured holding semi-automatic rifles outside of a local business in St. Paul, near Minneapolis — where Floyd died in police custody. (Source here.)
Same thing five years earlier in Ferguson MO.
Second question: If you bear arms, does that not entail the possibility of firing in self-defense? Was the Second Amendment written without purpose?
On social media, a progressive guesses, “based on his Blue Lives Matter fanatical FaceBook page that [Rittenhouse] couldn’t wait for the opportunity to play cop and go take care of those rioters himself.”
Our progressive interlocutor is probably correct that young Kyle couldn’t wait to confront the rioters. The Werkes suggests that too many also cannot wait (and have not waited) to smash, burn, and loot. One source tells the Werkes that hundreds of cars from Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Chicago poured into Kenosha to swell the ranks of the rioters. Kenosha is just not that big of a town. Local police actually shut down the off-ramps to town.
Jacob Blake was armed
‘The Wisconsin Department of Justice has thoroughly destroyed the “white police officer kills innocent, unarmed black man” narrative that has led to rioting in Kenosha all week. Jacob Blake either lunged for his knife or had it in his hand and lunged for what officers reasonably thought was another weapon.
He was not “breaking up a fight between two women,” as the media has reported. His girlfriend called 911 because Blake wasn’t supposed to be at her home. He is charged with sexually assaulting her and had an outstanding arrest warrant for it.” — Dan O’Donnell WISN radio.
Defund city government
We do notice that Kenosha was much quieter last night (Wednesday 08-26-2020), although the belated deployment of 500 National Guardsmen certainly helped. Boots on the ground.
Another pop quiz for the class: What will it take for Mayor Satya and County Executive Parisi to request National Guard reinforcements here in Madison? Today’s Madison WI money quote is this WI State Journal headline:
“Downtown merchants begin to fear losing all of 2020
as protests, destruction continue”
Tiffany Kenney, executive director of the Central Business Improvement District, said it could be months before business owners feel comfortable without protection over their windows. Kenney said many are worried about the November elections and may leave their boards in place through the end of the year, which “could be devastating for our Downtown.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: At some point, the City of Madison and its public schools are going to realize that they have lost millions of dollars in property tax revenue. Say goodbye to rapid transit and all those social services and affordable housing.