It seems like for the past week, most eyes in the country have been on a courtroom in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
It was Judge Bruce Schroeder’s courtroom where the jury was deliberating on the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, the then-17 year old who was charged with murder after killing two men and injuring another during last summer’s riots in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse claimed that he was acting in self defense, and the case drew strong reactions on both sides.
The men who were shot by Rittenhouse were all white, as was Rittenhouse, but many still believed the verdict to be an indicator of race relations in our justice system.
The jury in the case began deliberating on Tuesday morning, and today it finally reached a verdict, acquitting Rittenhouse on all five of the charges he was facing.
Naturally social media erupted after the verdict – and one of those responses was from Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in NASCAR’s Cup Series.
Ha, let the boy be black and it would’ve been life…hell he would’ve had his life taken before the bullshit trial.. sad
Incorrect. A black man was acquitted today of five counts of murder. He claimed self defense and won. It's nothing but a local news story because mainstream news wants nothing more than racial unrest and hatred. pic.twitter.com/q3wI2hegLj
Those saying it isn’t about race are purposely missing Bubba’s point. Same exact circumstances and make KR a 17 yr old black kid and he would have been killed that night rather than told to go home. If he made it to trial he would have been found guilty.
This is for you @BubbaWallace and not for anyone else. I am a Black, female educator who holds a PhD and am married to a Caucasian. I, and many others, are so very proud of you. You carry a lot of weight on your shoulders and you do it with Grace. Thank you!