Our Thoughts on the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
On August 23, 2020, a white Kenosha police officer, Rusten Sheskey, shot a black man, Jacob Blake, in the back during a call for service. Riots erupted. Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year old armed with a rifle, shot three men during the riots, killing two. Many were outraged and condemned Rittenhouse as a “white supremacist.” Then-candidate Biden wrote: “These shots pierce the soul of our nation.” Rittenhouse was indicted and charged as an adult. His trial took place during November, 2021. A news camera was allowed into the courtroom. On November 19, 2021, Rittenhouse was found ‘not guilty’ on all charges. In this podcast, Serge Antonin and Clarke Ahlers discuss what they believe contributed to the incident and whether the case is a statement case about race in America.