The news is out: [Black people, in Kenosha have been taking to the streets in protest. Yet, how have local and federal forces responded? With more violence.
Local forces have come at protesters with tear gas and “rubber” bullets. Tuesday night, a white, 17-year-old “aspiring cop” shot three protesters, killing two of them. According to Vice, “Police interacted with the alleged gunman at various locations in Kenosha throughout the night. In one video, Rittenhouse is seen chatting with police who gave him a bottle of water and thanked him for being there.”
In Boise, Idaho, a crowd of people broke a glass door as they demanded entry into the Capitol building. The unmasked protesters were there to attend a special session on COVID-19-related issues. According to the Idaho Statesman, the crowd was pushing through a double door entry, of which only one of the doors was open. They were shouting, “Open the door!” as they broke the glass of the still-locked door.
Despite the presence of what appeared to be an unruly, violent (going by the idea that you can commit violence against inanimate objects) mob, there were no arrests made. Idaho State Police spokesperson Lynn Hightower said that “Idaho State Police personnel determined they could not have made arrests on the spot without elevating the potential for violence.”
In cities from Portland to Kenosha, and in between and beyond, police and federal forces have had no problem escalating violence.]
It’s black and white.