Instigator or victim? Rittenhouse on trial in Kenosha

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020, file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse carries a weapon as he walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake.

To the editor — It’s hard to know which type of violence to talk about in relation to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. Is it the white entitlement of a teenager who wasn’t asked and didn’t have any training and yet assumed that he should drive across state lines to insert himself into a community that was grieving the shooting of yet another Black man by a white police officer?

Is it how an underage, white teen used a gun that he didn’t own or have a license for to kill two people and injure a third? Is it how there are people who are celebrating the acquittal of this white teen? Or is it in how a jury of mainly white people failed to understand the right of people to protest state violence? Is it in the gun laws that protect shooters more than unarmed people?

I have many questions but one thing is clear – the “justice” system protects white people at all costs, while going to great lengths to criminalize and kill people of color. I am angry and at a loss about the injustice and lack of accountability that took place in Kenosha last week.

Whose lives do we value?

HANNAH McMEEKIN

Yakima