A wide range of universities have condemned Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal and announced safe spaces and counseling services in response to the “not guilty” verdict, according to emails posted to Twitter.
Many academic institutions contacted their students about the verdict via mass emails, including Vanderbilt, UC Irvine, Stanford Medicine, Columbia Business School, Ohio University, San Francisco State University, and several others.
The office of the president of Rosemont College sent an email calling the verdict another example of “systemic racism dividing our society,” while an email from UC Irvine claimed the verdict sent the message that “Neither the black lives nor those of their allies’ affair.
An email from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Fitchburg State University announced spaces and times to discuss the verdict and separated white and black students into different spaces. The email also made several false claims, claiming Kyle Rittenhouse had an automatic rifle and Jacob Blake was killed by police. University later issued a correction but defended his decision to separate student spaces by race after receiving a backlash.
Meanwhile, other universities have also intentionally racialized the controversy. An email reportedly sent by Michigan Medical School implied that the jury would not have declared Kyle innocent if he had not been white before noting that their university administration viewed racism as a crisis of public health.
Oakton Community College seized the opportunity to advance critical race theory, especially its white students when it told them to verify their privileges and asked them “whether the outcome of this lawsuit would have been the even if Kyle Rittenhouse was a black teenager? “
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse condemned the US justice system, accusing it of being “so broken that it leaves acts of racist violence unpunished,” an indication that university administrators have been deceived by media misinformation general public, since Rittenhouse’s act of self-defense was not motivated by racism.