CNN responded to the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial with a despicable piece titled, “There’s nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man.”
The article was placed on the front page of CNN’s site, according to Breitbart News, and includes a picture of Kyle Rittenhouse.
The op-ed written by John Blake admits the “vast majority of White men are no menace to society.”
He mentions white liberal males who protested over the death of George Floyd and “wallowed tear gas and braved rubber bullets while marching with demonstrators.”
However, he claims there is “a vision of White masculinity that allows some White men to feel as if they ‘can rule and brutalize without consequence.’”
“This angry White man has been a major character throughout US history,” Blake wrote. “He gave the country slavery, the slaughter of Native Americans, and Jim Crow laws. His anger also helped fuel the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.”
“It’s this angry White man — not the Black or brown man you see approaching on the street at night — who poses the most dangerous threat to democracy in America,” he continued.
“That period, known as Reconstruction, was destroyed primarily by the violence of White men who used terrorist and vigilante groups like the KKK to assassinate elected officials, prevent Blacks from voting and overthrow state government,” Blake said.
“The January 6 insurrection wasn’t unprecedented. In many ways, it was a sequel,” he explained by citing another incident that occurred back in 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
“This is what that future looks like: More angry White men emboldened by ‘stand your ground’ and citizen’s arrest laws, inspired by a conservative interpretation of the Second Amendment. And more dead Americans,” he concluded.
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson appeared on MSNBC to push the issue even a step further.
Johnson claimed the Rittenhouse acquittal was worse than the acquittal for those who killed Emmett Till.
“This was worse than the Emmett Till trial,” he said.
“This was worse [than] so many trials where we know, for a fact, individuals committed murder and yet they were not brought to justice,” Johnson said.
“It is unfortunate, but this is America.”
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick responded by saying, “We just witnessed a system built on white supremacy validate the terroristic acts of a white supremacist.”
“This only further validates the need to abolish our current system. White supremacy cannot be reformed.”
We just witnessed a system built on white supremacy validate the terroristic acts of a white supremacist.
This only further validates the need to abolish our current system. White supremacy cannot be reformed.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 19, 2021
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace said, “Ha, let the boy be black and it would’ve been life…hell he would’ve had his life taken before the bullshit trial.. sad.”
Ha, let the boy be black and it would’ve been life…hell he would’ve had his life taken before the bullshit trial.. sad
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) November 19, 2021