A wide range of colleges have condemned Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal and advertised safe spaces and counseling services in response to the “not guilty” verdict, according to emails posted to Twitter.
Numerous academic institutions have contacted their students via massive emails about the verdict, 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 the “systemic racism that divides our society,” while an e-mail from UC Irvine claimed the verdict sent the message that “neither neither black lives nor those of their allies matter.”
An email from Fitchburg State University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness advertised spaces and times to discuss the verdict and segregated white and black students into different spaces. Multiple false statements were also made in the email, alleging that Kyle Rittenhouse had an automatic rifle and that Jacob Blake had been murdered by police. University later issued a correction but defended his decision to segregate student rooms by race after receiving backlash.
Meanwhile, other universities have deliberately racialized the controversy. An email allegedly sent by Michigan Medical School suggested the jury would not have found Kyle innocent had he not been white before noting that the leadership at their university views racism as a public health crisis.
Oakton Community College seized the opportunity to push the critical racial theory forward, specifically broadcasting white students when telling them to check their privilege and asking them, “Would the outcome of this trial have been the same if Kyle Rittenhouse had been a black woman?” been a teenager?”
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse condemned the U.S. justice system, accusing it of being “so broken that racist acts of violence go unpunished,” an indication that university administrators have been misled by mainstream media disinformation, since Rittenhouse’s act of self-defense was not racially motivated.