Colin Kaepernick’s Reaction to the Not Guilty Verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges after killing two people and injuring another during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.
This has sparked strong reactions on social media, including from former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, who took to Twitter shortly after the verdict was announced to say that the “current system” must be “abolished.”
“We just saw a system built on white supremacy validate a white supremacist’s terroristic acts,” Kaepernick wrote.
“This only adds to the urgency of ending our current system.”
“White supremacy cannot be reformed,” Kaepernick said in 2016, when he began his social activism.
Before each NFL game, Kapernick would kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
He hasn’t signed with a team since opting out of his contract at the end of 2016, but he’s been vocal about racial issues for the past five years.
On Aug. 1, Rittenhouse went to a protest in Kenosha.
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After a Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by a White police officer, a protest erupted.
Rittenhouse, an Illinois native, arrived at the protest with an AR-15-style rifle to protect a car dealership from vandalism and to provide medical assistance.
He killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz with his gun.
On all counts, including first-degree reckless intentional homicide, the jury found him not guilty.
If convicted, he would spend the rest of his life in prison.
“I say that was expected because we know who Kyle is, what was in his heart and mind, and what happened in this case.
But, of course, everyone was nervous because, at the end of the day, you just never know what a jury is thinking,” said Rittenhouse family spokesperson David Hancock, according to CNN.
Grosskreutz’s and Rosenbaum’s lawyers both expressed their disappointment with the decision.
“Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum did not deserve to die that night,” Kimberly Motley and Milo Schwab said in a joint statement, according to CNN. “For the time being, we ask for peace from everyone who is hurting and that the public respect the victims’ and their families’ privacy.”
Gaige Grosskreutz, Anthony Huber, and a slew of others in Kenosha performed heroically that night.
They didn’t want to start a fight, but they wanted to put a stop to it….
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