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CNN kneejerk piece on Rittenhouse verdict: ‘There’s nothing more frightening in America than an angry white man’

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One of CNN’s responses to Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal on murder and reckless endangerment charges Friday was to publish a lengthy column by a black senior writer and producer declaring that the “angry white man” is “more frightening in America” today than anything else.

“…[A]s I’ve watched three separate trials about White male violence unfold across the US these past few weeks — the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the Ahmaud Arbery death trial and the civil case against organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville — I’ve come to a sobering conclusion: There is nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man,” wrote John Blake in an “analysis” that was published Saturday.

“It’s not the ‘radical Islamic terrorist’ that I fear the most. Nor is it the brown immigrant or the fiery Black Lives Matter protester, or whatever the latest bogeyman is that some politician tells me I should dread,” he continued. “It’s encountering an armed White man in public who has been inspired by the White men on trial in these three cases.”

After noting that he is not suggesting that white men should be “racially profiled,” he noted that the “vast majority” of them are no threat to society and have been willing to brave tear gas and rubber bullets to protest the George Floyd murder last year — though he failed to mention that police do not typically deploy such countermeasures unless there is violence and they are being attacked.

“There is nothing inherently violent about White men, or any human being. But recent events have convinced me it’s time to put another character on trial: A vision of White masculinity that allows some White men to feel as if they can rule and brutalize without consequence,'” Blake wrote, before going on to rehash a litany of familiar talking points on the left about a portion of America’s history.

“This angry White man has been a major character throughout US history. He gave the country slavery, the slaughter of Native Americans, and Jim Crow laws. His anger also helped fuel the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol,” wrote Blake.

“It’s this angry White man — not the Black or brown man you see approaching on the street at night — who poses the most dangerous threat to democracy in America,” he added.

Several left-wing media outlets and figures took a similar approach to the Rittenhouse verdict: That it was typical of a “racist” system of American justice, though all of the men involved in the Aug. 25, 2020 incidents were white.

To that point, Blake’s take was ripped online, including some who accused him of being the racist.

Jon Dougherty

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