The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse gives a green light and judicial backing to a fanatical movement primed to unleash widespread violence and terror and commit ever-greater atrocities against the people they hate. This verdict puts Black and brown people, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and anyone standing up for justice or deemed an enemy in the crosshairs of their revenge-fueled, genocidal, and rapidly advancing American fascism. We are on an ominous road. Trump’s fascist foot soldiers in the halls of power and in the streets are getting away with the most egregious acts of injustice, while far too many decent people are capitulating in the face of it.
This verdict furthers the momentum towards fascism and a nightmare for humanity that must stop. There is no time to waste in denial or turning away.
It is the responsibility of all of us who do not want to live in a fascist America to condemn this verdict and stand firmly and courageously against this fascist threat. We honor Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and the lone survivor Gaige Grosskreutz – heroes who stood up for Black lives – and salute the small numbers of people who rallied outside the courthouse in Kenosha for justice.
These fascists hope that this verdict will cause the people with a heart for humanity to give up their hunger for justice and their right to protest; they hope that we will cower in fear and retreat into our private lives, just looking out for ourselves while a nightmare future becomes reality. We cannot give them what they want. We must not cede the public square and public discourse to fascists. We must not let them have the future.