While we're still awaiting more information about the case, from what I know it seems like there are several things about Kyle Rittenhouse and the militia actions at Kenosha that are very heartening:
Kyle was basically a model citizen that day and inspires me to try to do better as a citizen myself. Cleaning graffiti, offering medical help, helping douse fires, guarding a business that asked for help, and showing great restraint in using lethal force in self-defense.
The people who actually showed up when help was needed were not all these bickering politicos online, but responsible libertarian types and people who wanted to help fellow citizens. Highly responsible people who understood and appreciated what America stands for and were doing the work needed to stand up for that for everyone.
Kyle and the militias at Kenosha were just ordinary everyday people responsibly standing up for their communities, and they were able to help protect both their community and themselves. As another person said, they represent “the true power of America – the average everyday citizen using their rights to take responsibility and stand up for themselves and their community.”
Kyle didn't allow himself to be martyred. He showed that it's ok, even good and noble, to not allow yourself to just be killed.
Kyle isn't “white,” he's “hispanic,” i.e. the current majority demographic among young people, and thus perhaps the most influential group shaping the future of America today. And he chose to be out there doing what he could to help everyone, regardless of their background. This is, imo, a very positive sign for the future.
Watching the videos of the riots, it seemed pretty clear that this isn't about race despite all the talk about it. One of the people desperately trying to save Rosenbaum, a light-skinned individual, was an individual with darker skin. There were both light-skinned and dark-skinned individuals in the militia also. People keep trying to make this out to be some sort of racial issue but seeing people of different races working together in difficult circumstances on both “sides” made it look very different to me.
So now that I've explained all that, what's this about? Well I'm not 100% sure, but it's likely an attempt of sorts to carry that positive spirit forward, radiating outwards from protecting Kyle himself to encompass a wider and wider sphere of competent community responsibility.
At least that's my idea right now. It's also a bit of an experiment to learn as I go along. But ultimately it's defined by what actually ends up here. Why the name? I couldn't come up with one I liked so that's what I'm going with.
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