In the time it took to read this piece, I have received at least 20 messages from friends and family members of the defendants and in the interest of the republic, of course, I will be applying for the best legal counsel out there.
I wonder what the guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder case would be if jurors were real human beings, not the same as immigrants, the poor, those living in the inner city, the immigrant communities, or misfits who can’t hack it here.
I wonder if instead of using them as scapegoats in this cartoonish story, we would care whether the Russians were trying to influence our elections as much as we do about whether a young, healthy gay man was murdered for being a men’s man.
The notion that it is our will and our fault that this is how they view gay people, that it’s all our fault, reminds me of the talking points you hear when soldiers try to justify serving in a cruel war that was started by the U.S. government in an act of aggression.
It is out of that mentality that we have these prejudiced jurors– if it isn’t them; it’s the Russian government.
And we have to have an interrogation of that version of the truth because it is a lie. Because it is a lie and it is a myth to think that it’s acceptable or acceptable to vilify a particular community, group of people and use that as the basis of a justice system that has reached a conclusion.
And if anything, to think that that is only the result of not having enough functioning brains, as I always say, that is what we are missing in America.
James Rosanne Rosie DiManno is a nationally known political commentator and communications expert based in Washington, D.C. Follow her @RosieD.