Oh, boy...here we go with yet another demonstration in just how polarized our nation is right now.
I'm just gonna lay out how I see this whole thing.
I feel like Kyle Rittenhouse is a douche bag. I feel like he should NOT have been at this riot to begin with. He had absolutely no business being there. His statements about going down to defend property is lame. It wasn't his property. He decided to put on his vigilante hat instead of staying him with his parents, which is what all kids in the area should have been doing.
Let's not forget that he's not even from the area. He went well out of his way, armed, to participate in an opposing riot.
I feel like this kid deserves to be in trouble. I feel like he deserves to be in jail. I feel like he and George Zimmerman have a lot in common. Assholes putting themselves in places they have no business being in and then playing the victim after they were the ones that killed someone. I feel like the Rittenhouse parents also share blame for letting their kid be in this position.
But, here's the thing. My feelings aren't the law. If the were, abortion and the death penalty would be illegal.
To all of those that are SHOCKED that Kyle was acquitted did you follow the trial at all? Did you hear the testimonies? Or, did you just hear the parts that your Facebook bubble showed you? Because, as I read it, there seemed to be a ton of evidence that he was shooting in self defense. And, whether we like it or not...while I don't think he should have been there, it was not illegal for him to be there. And, while I think he's an asshole, when one of the prosecutions own witnesses, the only living victim, admits that he was only shot after he raised his gun at the shooter, it's hard to argue against self defense. Beyond a reasonable doubt is intentionally hard to achieve. And, I can completely see how they achieved it.
This is being painted as more proof that the legal system is stacked against black people. I don't see that. All of the victims were white. People are mad that the jury was made up of mostly white people. I can't find anywhere that can actually confirm this. Maybe we'll learn more about the make up of the jury soon, now that the case is over. Regardless...a person is supposed to be tried by a "jury of their peers."
When a black man is on trial and people raise a stink that the jury is made up of mostly white people, they are 1000% in the right to complain about this. Likewise, when a white man is on trial for killing white men, it does not feel wrong to me that his jury is made up of mostly white people.
Now, what about the fact that the shootings happened during a Black Lives Matter protest? Well...I disagree...at that point, these were riots. Yes...many many of the Black Lives Matter gatherings were peaceful and legally sound. But, many of them weren't. And, everything points to Kenosha being a riot. So...there you go. I don't have much sympathy for the looters. You will hear me support the peaceful protesters much of the time. You will not hear me support riots.
This whole thing is yet another tragedy. Everything sucks here. It's time for Kyle to thank God and go away.
All these calls for Rittenhouse to take an internship are shameful. Just because he got off doesn't mean he's innocent. If he didn't take it upon himself to play Punisher, 2 people would be alive. These GOP asshats all over Twitter singing his praises are just showing why they have lost voters like me. What would Jesus do Matt Gaetz? Think he's proud of you for cheering for the deaths of these people?
Anyway, there you go. My thoughts. I will continue to pray that we figure out how to undivide ourselves.