From Kenosha to Colorado, we believe that we should all have the freedom to express our beliefs without fearing for ourselves or our loved ones. We would like to voice our support for our neighbors in Wisconsin as they mourn the verdict in the trial of vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse.
Many Black,Indigenous, and People of Color in Colorado are also victims of an unjust system biased against people who have different skin colors, including Elijah McClain, Frank Lobato, and others so we believe it is important to add our voice in support of activists who are working to help change a rigged system in Wisconsin.
The trial concluded with a verdict that falls far short of true accountability and justice, after Rittenhouse came to Kenosha to harm people marching for justice for Jacob Blake, and safety for all in Wisconsin.
We know that this verdict is yet another example of a system that excuses white violence and devalues our lives based on who we are and what we look like.
All the while, certain politicians — and the white nationalist hate groups who support them — laud this vigilante, disparage his victims, spread lies about our protests, and stoke hatred against Black people, new immigrants, people of color, and those fighting for what’s right.
We won’t let them divide us or keep us from expressing our beliefs. We’re coming together, Black, white, and brown, just as we did last year and throughout this pandemic. Regardless of our skin color, we are coming together, we remember Anthony Huber and JoJo Rosenbaum, and we call for justice for them, for Gaige, for Jacob and for all in Wisconsin.