Socialist Unity Party statement – https://www.struggle-la-lucha.org/
Nov. 19 — Another empowerment of white supremacy occurred today, and it was endorsed by President Joe Biden, who blessed the jury decision exonerating a racist killer.
We demand federal charges be brought against Kyle Rittenhouse in a real trial with a jury representing the community of Kenosha, Wis.
We demand the prosecution of white supremacist groups like the Proud Boys, with which Rittenhouse made a public appearance, and others that have proven to be violent racist, terrorist organizations. Fascist, racist, terrorist organizations have no right to exist.
We demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery, whose killers are now on trial in a Georgia court like the white supremacist-friendly court in Wisconsin.
Biden’s first public comment about the exoneration of Rittenhouse was: “The jury system works and we have to abide by it.”
That’s right: In Biden’s eyes, the jury system that usually exonerates cops and white supremacists terrorizing Black or Brown lives — even when the juries are 99% white — is working and above question.
The movement for social justice should take note of how comfortable Biden’s administration feels in dismissing the rage that is being felt by Black people and all progressive people at this moment.
What this verdict and the Biden administration are doing is actively empowering white supremacist, fascist forces: those who feel comfortable as Rep. Paul Gosar threatens to murder Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and gets away with no criminal charges. Or with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man in Georgia who was simply jogging.
Or the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, especially targeting Black and Brown Congress members for death with a hangman’s noose erected nearby, getting at most a slap on the wrist. Or basically deputizing fascists in Texas, who could get a $10,000 bounty for their part in abusing women and denying their right to an abortion….