Kyle Rittenhouse says his case ‘has nothing to do with race’

November 23, 2021   Tatjana Muskiet


A teenager who was cleared of murder during racial unrest in the US has said his case “has nothing to do with race”. “It had to do with the right to self-defence,” Kyle Rittenhouse told Fox News, adding that he supported the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Jurors cleared the 18-year-old of killing two men and wounding a third with a military rifle after accepting claims that he had feared for his life. A patriot to some and a vigilante to others, his acquittal divided the US. Much US media commentary of the case dwelled on race, although Mr Rittenhouse is white, as were all three men he shot. “No black teenager who kills two people and leaves one seriously injured, would be treated, no matter what the law says about self-defence, like Rittenhouse. He would be dead”, wrote Eddie S. Glaude Jr in the Washington Post.(BBC)…[+]