The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
This week’s Who Won the Week Winner is Self-Defense. Well, actually it’s white supremacist and far-right militia groups and vigilantes who won the week. Such groups were essentially given a free pass to come to protests and demonstrations armed with semiautomatic rifles and to shoot protesters and to claim they did it in self-defense.
Spurred on by white militia groups, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse traveled from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin to allegedly protect the property of people he had never met and did not know. Rittenhouse took an AR-15-style weapon to a demonstration where he had no reason to believe that any of the demonstrators would be armed.
He opened fire and murdered two demonstrators and wounded another. At his trial, he tearfully claimed that he was defending himself and that he was scared for his life.
Just 15 days before the shooting, Rittenhouse was caught on camera saying he wanted to shoot looters outside of a CVS store. And immediately after pleading not guilty, he went to a bar, drank beer, posed for pictures with Proud Boys, and flashed white power symbols.
Does that sound like a remorseful kid who was in fear for his life? Does that sound like he acted in self-defense? And yet the jury inexplicably found Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges.
So congratulations to all white supremacists and right-wing militia groups. You may now feel free to move about the country and shoot peaceful protesters and demonstrations with impunity using your assault-like weapons and then claim you were scared and you were defending yourselves.
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?