Did the Rittenhouse verdict endorse or reflect our culture of violence?

By Phyllis Rustin
Posted 1/27/22

Although the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal came just before last Thanksgiving, this verdict still disturbs me. Rittenhouse was seventeen. In response to racial unrest in Kenosha, WI, he crossed a state line from his home in Antioch, IL, armed with an AR-15-style rifle. The youth said his intent was to act as a medic and to protect private property (National Public Radio).

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