Atlanta, GA -- Today a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse, a white-armed vigilante who murdered two and injured another in August of 2020. Women Engaged CEO, Malika Redmond, MA, released the following statement:
“Rittenhouse’s not guilty verdict isn’t an anomaly, but an affirmation of what we all knew to be true about America's criminal legal system. Too often there’s no accountability and consequence for white male rage.
Time and time again when angry white individuals take up arms to put the lives of communities of color in danger, instead of receiving appropriate punishment, these vigilantes receive unearned public sympathy. Angry white people have gotten a pass for storming Capitol Hill; murdering Asian Americans in their place of work, and killing protestors fighting injustice. While the Black community and other communities of color have to reconcile with the inextinguishable vulnerability of our families and the unfair application of the law.
The Women Engaged team is committed to continuing to advocate for communities of color and work towards a truly just legal criminal system that serves all people, not just angry white men.”
Women Engaged’s work centers on ensuring Black dignity and bodily integrity in an inclusive democracy. We are continuing to grow our dynamic team! To learn more about open positions at WE and how to apply, click on the following link: https://bit.ly/3mAiPd5