Kyle Rittenhouse represents a character in the larger story of the divided American society. I follow these events and the attitudes and opinions surrounding them as an expert researcher focused on healing divided societies. There are many bifurcations, and the casualties that are not being discussed are healing and truth. His acquittal is a springboard, and the public is now at increased threat.
No criminal trial is motivated by healing or truth. Trials are about fact finding and fact exclusion. The truth, for example, that after pleading not guilty earlier this year Kyle posed with Proud Boys while flashing a white power hand sign and T-shirt that said “Free as F—,” was not allowed in trial. Rittenhouse remains “Free as F—,” unpermitted facts notwithstanding.
This process focuses on justifying punishment for offenders who have been convicted beyond reasonable doubt, but uninformed juries cannot make informed decisions.
This is not justice, and it does nothing for healing. The families of the victims, the communities, Kyle Rittenhouse, and so on … nothing about the process is intended to help them heal or find closure. Punitive justice serves a role, but there are other options. The verdict only affirms that the US remains committed to its long history of vigilantism, an ugly bloodlust embedded throughout the American mythology promoting white supremacy.
Not once in his OpEd did he discuss a single fact in evidence presented to the jury.
Not once during the trial did White Supremacy or any racial issue come up, even from the prosecutors.
The Proud Boys has nothing to do with Kenosha at all.
The jury was informed, presented with evidence, video recordings, and eye witness testimony, and made their decision.
This asshole didn’t see any of that and instead inserted his own ignorant opinion.
This man is a professor of conflict resolution.
I think he should be fired for writing this.
Clearly he’s unable to do his job and is unqualified for his position if he can’t discuss a single bit of trial evidence and relies only on his prejudices to make decisions.
His students should demand refunds.