by Jim Sleeper
Do those applauding Kyle Rittenhouse's acquittal understand the chaos that could be unleashed when (not if) armed vigilante squads feel invited to show up not just at protests but at polling places?
SOURCE: Editorial Board
by Mia Brett
Police tolerance and even encouragement of the presence of Kyle Rittenhouse and other vigilantes on the streets of Kenosha in August 2020 was no anomaly.
As Kyle Rittenhouse's trial advances to jury deliberation, historians weigh in.
by Joe Lowndes
Kyle Rittenhouse's demeanor at trial shows the difficulty of his case; he presents a figure that normalizes and sanitizes the violent core of the vigilante movement he represents.
by Patrick Blanchfield
"The impulse to reconstruct that night’s chaos as though watching a 21st century Rashomon, is a trap."
by Thomas Lecaque
"A trial by ordeal was not about miracles or superstition. It was, in effect, about the community making a decision on the innocence or guilt of the party, and then bringing it about." Kyle Rittenhouse's trial prompts an uncomfortable reckoning with the continuity of some medieval practices of justice.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Felicia Angeja Viator
Kyle Rittenhouse's trial evokes the 1943 "Zoot Suit Riots," when white vigilantes, including uniformed servicemen, beat Mexican American youth in Los Angeles and other cities. The courts contributed to exonerating the vigilantes by repeating the language of a moral panic that characterized the victims as "gangsters" and hoodlums.
by Nicole Hemmer
Historically, white vigilantism, especially against the demands of minorities for civil and economic equality, has been a key component of the politics of "law and order."
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