Despite the fact that all of the parties involved in the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting were white, certain media outlets and Twitter rabble-rousers haven't stopped racializing the case. The notion that the Rittenhouse shooting is based on race has duped more than one person until their "progressive bubble" popped.
During riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 25, 2021, then-17-year-old armed Rittenhouse was reportedly protecting a used car dealership from looters and rioters. During the chaos, Rittenhouse (who is white) shot and killed his attackers Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber (who are both also white). Rittenhouse also shot and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz – who was armed and also white.
The notion that the Kenosha shootings had something to do with race seems to have started with tweets by Democrats.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) wrote on Aug. 26, 2020, "A 17 year old white supremacist domestic terrorist drove across state lines, armed with an AR 15. He shot and killed 2 people who had assembled to affirm the value, dignity, and worth of Black lives. Fix your damn headlines."
On the same day, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) tweeted, "The same police department who shot an unarmed black man 7 times in the back for walking away from them just let an armed white supremacist walk right past them after shooting people."
Pressley and Moore's claims that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist were unfounded when they made the damning allegations – allegations that are still unsubstantiated over 14 months later. Despite no proof of Rittenhouse being a white supremacist, liberals haven't stopped pushing their fabricated narrative.
The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse has ratcheted up narratives that race played a part in the shooting, and that Rittenhouse is a white supremacist.
Self-proclaimed "race-baiter" Tariq Nasheed: "From that obviously bias judge doing all that over-the-top yelling at the prosecution, to killer Kyle Rittenhouse and his mother doing all that phony crying in court … this trial is basically performative art white supremacist theater."
Progressive commentator David Leavitt: "If you're defending Kyle Rittenhouse you might be a white supremacist. Just saying."
MSNBC host Joy Reid: "If you want to know why Critical Race Theory exists, the actual law school theory that emphasizes that supposedly colorblind laws in America often still have racially discriminatory outcomes, then look no further than the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse."
MSNBC legal analyst Paul Butler: "This is white privilege on steroids."
Former NBA player turned Twitter video curator Rex Chapman: "Feeling like the people rooting for Kyle Rittenhouse to be found not guilty wouldn't be rooting for him if he was black."
Progressives even claimed that the judge in the Rittenhouse trial would "defend white supremacy" because he had a patriotic ringtone on his cell phone.
Progressive "justice correspondent" Elie Mystal claimed that Rittenhouse will be found not guilty in part because of a "biased, racist judge," who has a "Trump rally cellphone" ring. "What I know is the law, and I what I know is what white people are willing to do to defend white supremacy."
Activist Bree Newsome claimed the Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder follows "a history of judges who are sympathetic to white supremacists."
The campaign to paint Rittenhouse as a white supremacist and bring race into the case has gaslighted at least one progressive. She was fooled into believing that the shooting was motivated by race until she realized that she "needs to question everything."
Sarah Beth Burwick, a Twitter user who claims to be a former progressive now "politically homeless", said she believed that the shooting involved minorities up until Thursday.
"I am highly educated and reasonably perceptive, and it was only today that I learned the Kyle Rittenhouse victims were white," the Twitter user claimed. "My progressive bubble made this seem like a very different case than it is."
She added that all of her friends and family are progressive, but recently woke up to the "hypocrisy" of the left. She admitted that she hadn't paid much attention to the Rittenhouse case, but added, "If you hear someone called a white supremacist enough times, you believe it."
She concluded, "You realize you need to question everything you've been told, which is what is keeping me very, very busy of late."
Far-left progressive "Young Turks" host Ana Kasparian admitted this week that she was wrong about the Kyle Rittenhouse case after she too fell for false narratives.
There has been a pushback on the false accusations that Rittenhouse is a white supremacist.
Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald: "The word 'white' appears 20 times in the Intercept's very long article on Rittenhouse (based on the unquestioned premise that he's guilty, needless to say). Each time, the word is used to accuse him of being a white supremacist, never once to identify the race of his victims."
Former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard: "With no evidence, MSM & antifa-loving politicians immediately labeled Rittenhouse a white supremacist terrorist. It's obvious now that he was just a foolish kid who felt he needed to protect people & the community from rioters & arsonists because the government failed to do so."
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