How the media-fueled rise of the KKK explains the white vigilantes in Kenosha - 2020-08-31
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, a 17-year-old dressed up in the regalia of the modern warriors he saw online—AR-15 style rifle, backward hat, jeans—to patrol a protest. Kyle Rittenhouse wound up shooting two people fatally and injured one more. Republican media has already spun this idea. He saw a lawless world in the uprisings of people demanding respect, they say. He was pressed into duty as a wannabe cop because the regular cops have been hamstrung, they say.
"Those in charge, from the governor on down, refused to enforce the law." Tucker Carlson told viewers last Wednesday. "How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?"
This idea, of a vigilante maintaining order when he sees Black people rising up, reminded me of the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.