Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts is standing by its decision to offer segregated “processing” spaces for students to help them cope with the outcome of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. The school established separate facilities for students, staff, and faculty of color and for “white allies.” The segregated spaces were intended to encourage students to discuss their “thoughts, emotions, and reflections” about why Rittenhouse was lawfully found not guilty by a jury of his peers.
University gets almost everything about Rittenhouse wrong
In the initial rush to offer a place to cope with the verdict, the university made a number of factual errors in addition to the questionable moral decisions it made.
Almost every “fact” of the case cited in the email sent out by the school was entirely incorrect. Fitchburg later retracted the statement and claimed that mistakes had been made in the process of making the spaces available as soon as possible.
Clearly, however, the official email reveals that no one involved in the “diversity and inclusiveness ” center at Fitchburg State has devoted any serious attention to following the case.
The announcement claims that Rittenhouse killed two people who were “protesting the wrongful death of Jacob Blake.” The only accurate aspect of this is that Rittenhouse killed two people.
Jacob Blake was not, in fact, killed by police and is still very much alive to this day. If he had been, however, it would not have been a wrongful death according to the law; Blake, a known violent criminal, was brandishing a knife at officers who shot to protect themselves and others.
The men shot by Rittenhouse that night were violent rioters, not peaceful protesters. Both shootings were carried out in clear self defense, a fact entirely omitted by the university.
Segregated coping spaces
The email also notes that Rittenhouse, who was living with his mother just across the Illinois border at the time, drove into Wisconsin with an “automatic rifle.”
Rittenhouse lived only minutes away from Kenosha, where he worked and where his father lives. He was already in Wisconsin when he was asked to assist in defending a local business.
There was no “automatic rifle” and the semi-automatic AR-15 which was used in the shooting never left the state of Wisconsin at any point, as was established very early in the trial.
University administrators were either entirely oblivious to the actual events and the course of the trial or they deliberately lied about the case to encourage angry students to take advantage of their segregated processing spaces.
The implication of having any space like that at all is that students should be encouraged to discuss what can be done to undermine the jury system.
For anyone who watched the trial it was obvious that no reasonable jury could return a guilty verdict. For Fitchburg State University and its students the outcome was so baffling that it required safe spaces free from all whiteness to be comprehended.