Opinion | The Kyle Rittenhouse verdict perpetuates the delusion of ‘White innocence’


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We hide behind the law, social mores and assumptions about the capacities, moral and otherwise, of those we treat unjustly. This allows us to find our way around the evidence that reveals we are not who we say we are. We contort ourselves to evade the obvious: that no Black teenage boy stalking around a protest with a semiautomatic rifle, no Black teenager who kills two people and leaves one seriously injured, would be treated, no matter what the law says about self-defense, like Rittenhouse. He would be dead.

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