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Whitlock: Despite what RaceAnon says, Kyle Rittenhouse is not Jefferson Davis and his victims were not Abraham Lincoln

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On Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two white people and injured a third.

The shootings occurred during the mostly peaceful arson, looting, rioting, and violence staged to protest the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed-but-knife-wielding black sexual assaulter who peacefully fought with police officers as they tried to arrest him.

In the days following the shooting of Blake, Antifa and other white liberal agitators descended on Kenosha to assist in the mostly peaceful destruction of the city. Rittenhouse, then 17, joined other law-and-order conservative volunteers in descending on Kenosha to thwart plans to burn the city.

In the streets of Kenosha, Black Lives Matter hosted a fight between white outside agitators and do-gooders. BLM played the role of legendary boxing promoter Don King, pitting Tyson Fury against Rocky Marciano.

Rittenhouse won the fight via the three-knockdown rule. His first opponent tried to wrestle his gun away. Rittenhouse shot him four times and killed him. His second opponent clubbed him with a skateboard and tried to wrestle his gun away. Rittenhouse shot him once and killed him. His third and final opponent approached him with a gun and pointed it at him. Rittenhouse shot him once and severed a bicep.

A prosecutor in Wisconsin has charged Rittenhouse with a laundry list of crimes, including murder. Rittenhouse and his attorneys have claimed self-defense. The trial is in its second week. By all objective accounts, it's not going well for the prosecution. Rittenhouse's third and surviving victim admitted on the witness stand that he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse before he was shot. Based on images from inside the courtroom, the admission visibly devastated the prosecution team.

But there is a somewhat surprising twist to this court case. The Rittenhouse murder trial is somehow a referendum on racial justice. It appears that white liberals who die in a dispute with a white conservative are posthumously granted black status. Rittenhouse killed two white people and injured a third, and he's being portrayed as a white supremacist. Some of the black population who live on Facebook and other social media apps are treating the Rittenhouse trial as an extension of the George Floyd-Derek Chauvin trial. The conviction of Rittenhouse seems to be as important as the acquittal of O.J. Simpson.

A black man purporting to be George Floyd's nephew posted a video to Facebook claiming that there are people inside the Kenosha courthouse identifying and photographing members of the jury.

"I ain't even gonna name the people that I know that's up in the Kenosha trial," said Cortez Rice, who claims to be Floyd's nephew. "But it's cameras in there. It's definitely cameras up in there. There's definitely people taking pictures of the jurors and everything like that. We know what's going on."

Rice's video feels like a threat. Jurors will be doxxed and harassed if they don't convict Rittenhouse of murder.

We've reached a level of absurdity where black Twitter cares more about white-on-white crime than black-on-black crime. With the death of his alleged uncle, Cortez Rice launched a career as a Black Lives Matter activist. Rice was so moved by the death of his "uncle" that he abandoned his plans of medical school, bought gold fronts, started a GoFundMe page, and reimagined himself as Al Sharpton $2.0.

Black Lives Matter claims to be about protecting the sanctity of black lives. In reality, the movement is really White Perpetrators Matter. There apparently is such a shortage of white perpetrators committing violence against black people that BLM has adopted cases that have nothing to do with black victims.

Kyle Rittenhouse shot three white people who attempted to disarm and attack him. I can't for the life of me understand why any black person would have his emotions tied up in this case.

There's only one possible explanation. If you see the three white victims as your saviors, then I understand your passion for retribution. I used the word "retribution" intentionally. The Rittenhouse case isn't about justice. Black boys and men are gunned down daily without a concerted effort to demand justice and/or conviction for the perpetrators. We have no problem overlooking unsolved murders or unjust acquittals when the perpetrators are black. We cheered O.J. Simpson's acquittal.

Are we going to cry and riot when/if Rittenhouse is acquitted?

If so, we will further frame ourselves as racially insane. We've allowed cable news, social media apps, and leftist politicians to use race-bait narratives to wrap us in a constant state of racial delusion.

We think race explains every human interaction. Our actions, values, culture, self-esteem, and faith are all irrelevant. RaceAnon explains America. We've joined a conspiracy theory cult that has convinced us a gun battle between white men in 2020 is really a Civil War re-enactment.
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