The usual suspects vent
President Joe Biden: “While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included …”
WI Governor Tony Evers: “No verdict will be able to bring back the lives of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, or heal Gaige Grosskreutz’s injuries, just as no verdict can heal the wounds or trauma experienced by Jacob Blake and his family. No ruling today changes our reality in Wisconsin that we have work to do toward equity, accountability, and justice that communities across our state are demanding and deserve.”
Elie Mystal, The Nation: “It’s our white justice system working as intended.”
Madison-area Democratic Socialists: “Few of us are surprised by today’s verdict in the trial against Kyle Rittenhouse, the white supremacist vigilante who murdered two anti-racist protesters in Kenosha last year. But it’s impossible not to be sick with anger and grief anyway.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio: “Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum are victims. They should be alive today. The only reason they’re not is because a violent, dangerous man chose to take a gun across state lines and start shooting people.”
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway: “The jury’s decision in the Rittenhouse trial is deeply disturbing. Unfortunately, this will perpetuate distrust in the justice system and further normalize gun violence. Allowing vigilantism to masquerade as self-defense is a terrible precedent.” —
Freedom Inc.: WHITE SUPREMACIST KENOSHA KOURTS today declared white supremacist killer Kyle Rittenhouse NOT GUILTY on all charges. MEET US at PENN PARK TODAY 11/19 @ 6PM to SPEAK OUT on Kenosha!
State Rep. Francesca Hong, D-Madison: “Kyle Rittenhouse is a murderer and justice was not served today. His acquittal speaks volumes to the privilege of whiteness in America.”
ACLU Wisconsin: “The events in Kenosha stem from the deep roots of white supremacy in our society’s institutions. They underscore that the police do not protect communities of color in the same way they do white people.”
Hannah Nicole-Jones, author of NY Times 1619 Project: “In this country, you can even kill white people and get away with it if those white people are fighting for Black lives. This is the legacy of 1619.”
Today’s chuckle: There are so many federal agents in Kenosha right now you’d think it was a school board meeting.