Jennie Nguyen Dust-Up Is Bravo’s Latest Battle In The War Over Its Soul

Jennie Nguyen Dust-Up Is Bravo’s Latest Battle In The War Over Its Soul

Jennie Nguyen fled war-torn Vietnam on a boat. She was captured by Thai pirates, Nguyen says, and saved from a refugee camp three years later by Christians who sponsored her journey to America. Bravo just fired Nguyen, the network’s first Vietnamese Real Housewife, over anti-woke memes she posted in 2020.

Some of Nguyen’s posts have been described as “racist” in the media since a Reddit user dug them up earlier this month. After each of her cast members took her turn denouncing Nguyen, she apologized, describing the memes as “offensive” and “hurtful.” It wasn’t enough. By Tuesday, Nguyen had been axed from the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.”

Here’s a representative sampling of the memes, which would have been hard for Bravo to miss when they vetted Nguyen as a member of the cast.

Racist Memes?

The posts are not gentle criticisms of the social justice movement, that much is clear. They’re biting, politically incorrect, and openly unsympathetic. They’re also pretty standard fare in the universe of political memes and the universe of parents’ Facebook feeds. That’s not because the country is teeming with racists, it’s because a movement considered mainstream by the political establishment is actually very polarizing.

Nguyen, for instance, posted the “Community” meme that said, “If you follow the officers [sic] orders, you won’t get shot,” on Aug. 27, 2020, in the aftermath of Black Lives Matter riots that torched Kenosha, Wis. over the shooting of Jacob Blake. It turned out Blake, who is now paralyzed, was armed with a knife, resisting arrest, trying to enter an SUV with his children in it, and hadn’t responded to stun-gun shocks. State and federal prosecutors ultimately declined to charge the officer who fired.

Again, Nguyen’s post is sharp and unsympathetic, but hardly racist or inaccurate in the context of that particular incident. The Blaze article she posted about George Floyd’s death is also accurate, and there’s nothing racial in Nguyen’s Sept. 23 post about crime, especially in the context of 2020 where Antifa rioters from all racial backgrounds were vandalizing cities around the country.

The graphic Nguyen posted on Sept. 2 makes a pretty popular argument in crude terms: the country’s problems have more to do with culture than cops. If you use the false, expansionist definition of racism that thinkers like Ibram X. Kendi successfully mainstreamed, then yes, Jennie Nguyen and many other Americans are virulently racist.

Redefining Bigotry

But this is not a problem with them, it’s a problem with the definition, which has been weaponized by ideologues and partisans to make our cities less safe for people of all races while elite leftists move to the suburbs. Remember when the ultra-left mayor of Minneapolis was booed out of a rally for saying he wasn’t fully on board with abolishing the entire police department? Under the Kendi definition, support for systems of oppression (like capitalism or policing) is not anti-racism, thus it is racism.

That word used to be commonly understood as a label for people who discriminate against others based on the idea their race is inferior. The far left intentionally changed this.

I have no idea whether Nguyen is racist, but deciding these memes mark an unacceptable level of racism sends a message that reasonable opinions are bigotry. It reinforces dangerous new norms of what constitutes racism and what constitutes a fixable offense.

Of course, it’s also a double standard on more levels than one. Nguyen’s castmate Mary Cosby told her she “love[s] slanted eyes” earlier this season. She also said something about “Mexican thugs” who make drugs. Cosby seems to have quit the show amid mounting allegations the Pentecostal church she runs is exploitive at best and a “cult” at worst.

Nguyen herself said on this week’s episode of the show that she broke her husband’s ribs during an argument once. That seems worse than holding conservative views about policing, but the outrage is disproportionate.

Bravo has been happy to follow the legal drama of RHOSLC’s Jen Shah, who’s pleading not guilty to charges of fraud in a telemarketing scheme. Teresa Giudice went to prison. It’s great television, and that’s okay.

The Business of Bravo’s Entertainment

Bravo does not cast “Real Housewives” as protagonists. They’re not supposed to function as role models and they’re not supposed to normalize bad behavior. When we laugh or gasp at their bad behavior, we reinforce the boundaries of what’s right and wrong. Firing Nguyen instead of forcing her to talk through the issue with her cast is silly because it’s falsely predicated on the notion her posts were racist, but also because it’s less constructive.

Above all, Bravo is a business. Like many businesses around the country, the network’s culturally progressive leaders see backlash from hyper-political leftists on social media and the entertainment press as a threat to their bottom line. It’s not, even for a niche subculture like the Bravo universe. Nguyen’s diversity mattered to them until she turned out to be ideologically diverse by the standards of their bubbles.

As woke culture built momentum in recent years, Bravo proactively started adding layers of leftist messaging to its shows, casting “finger-waggers” who intentionally steered the plots toward politics in order to lecture their castmates about good and evil. It’s sucking the life out of the network, saddling shows that used to chronicle the decadence of the nouveau riche with protagonists who don’t deserve that framing.

Indeed, amid the news of Nguyen’s firing, commentators and fans suddenly turned their attention to Ramona Singer. Whether you think she’s racist (I have no idea), Singer is one of the greatest housewives of all time, and she’s almost certainly one of the least likable. How? Because that’s what the franchise is about.

It’s entirely reasonable to take exception with the idea of shows being predicated on that kind of model. But if you’re a fan of the network, it makes absolutely no sense to suddenly demand ideological and moral purity from the women who aren’t fully left.

If Bravo got rid of Singer, they’d basically be conceding the entire franchise is built on an immoral foundation. Again, that’s a reasonable argument. But it’s one that would turn Bravo into a much less interesting network, even by the standards of people cheering for Singer’s departure.

These women are not meant to be protagonists. They are not meant to behave virtuously. They are antiheroes who sell access to their materialistic lives for brand visibility. They aren’t running for president, they’re running for a job that shows us what fame and money does to families.


Emily Jashinsky is culture editor at The Federalist. She previously covered politics as a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner. Prior to joining the Examiner, Emily was the spokeswoman for Young America’s Foundation. She’s interviewed leading politicians and entertainers and appeared regularly as a guest on major television news programs, including “Fox News Sunday,” “Media Buzz,” and “The McLaughlin Group.” Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Real Clear Politics, and more. Emily also serves as director of the National Journalism Center and a visiting fellow at Independent Women’s Forum. Originally from Wisconsin, she is a graduate of George Washington University.

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Colleges Offer Safe Spaces, Counseling After Rittenhouse Acquittal

Colleges Offer Safe Spaces, Counseling After Rittenhouse Acquittal

A wide array of colleges have condemned the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse and advertised safe spaces and counseling services in response to the “not guilty” verdict, according to emails posted to Twitter.

Numerous academic institutions contacted their students regarding the verdict via mass emails, including Vanderbilt, UC Irvine, Stanford Medicine, Columbia Business School, Ohio University, San Francisco State University, and several others.

Other schools, including New York University, Pepperdine University, and Loyola Marymount University also released their own statements following the verdict.

The Office of the President at Rosemont College sent out an email that called the verdict another example of the “systemic racism that divides our society,” while an email from UC Irvine claimed the verdict sent the message that “Neither Black lives nor those of their allies’ matter.”

An email reportedly from Fitchburg State University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness advertised spaces and times to discuss the verdict and separated white and black students into different spaces. The email also made multiple false statements, claiming Kyle Rittenhouse had an automatic rifle and that Jacob Blake had been killed by the police. The university later issued a correction but defended its decision to separate student spaces by race after receiving backlash.

Meanwhile, other universities also intentionally racialized the controversy. An email reportedly sent by the Michigan Medical School implied that the jury would have not ruled Kyle innocent if he had not been white before going on to note that leadership at their university has deemed racism a public health crisis.

Oakton Community College seized on the opportunity to advance critical race theory, specifically singling out its white students when it told them to check their privilege and asked them “would the outcome of this trial have been the same if Kyle Rittenhouse were a black teen?”

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse condemned the American justice system, accusing it of being “so broken as to allow racist acts of violence to go unpunished,” an indication that university administrators have been deceived by mainstream media disinformation, given that Rittenhouse’s act of self-defense was not racially motivated.

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Your Default Assumption Should Be That Everything Corporate Media Says Is A Lie

Your Default Assumption Should Be That Everything Corporate Media Says Is A Lie

As far as corporate media are concerned, the massacre in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday was a “Christmas parade crash.”

That’s how the attack that killed six people and injured more than 60 others is being described by ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Newsweek and others. Not an intentional attack, not a massacre allegedly committed by a violent career criminal already facing multiple felony charges, but merely a crash. The New York Times is calling it a “tragedy.”

Not to be outdone by major news outlets, The Daily Beast rushed to remind its readers that “there are no indications of any additional motive for the Waukesha killings, or any reasons to label it domestic terrorism. That didn’t stop these right-wing trolls.”

Oh no we wouldn’t want to assign ideological motives to a case too soon. But these damn right-wing trolls sure will! No mention from the Beast, of course, of the worst possible example of that in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, which every major news organization gladly went along with.

Here’s the thing. The next time you read an article in the New York Times or the Atlantic, watch a bit of breaking news on MSNBC or a panel on CNN, or hear a report on NPR, your default assumption should be that what you are reading, watching, or hearing is not true. Either it is an outright falsehood, a distortion of the facts, or not the whole story. That should be your posture toward literally every piece of news you consume from corporate media from now on.

There is ample justification for such a posture. It’s justified by every single major news story in recent years — the Russia collusion hoax, the origins of the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter riots, Hunter Biden’s laptop, the debate over Covid vaccines, the January 6 riot, and especially the Rittenhouse trial, to name just a few. Every one of these stories, and many more besides, were dishonestly reported by a corrupt media establishment that you should never trust again.

Consider the Rittenhouse trial. How many times in recent weeks did you hear that Rittenhouse “crossed state lines” with an “illegal firearm”? Or that his mother drove him to Kenosha, Wis., that night? Or that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist and the men he shot were black? How many times did you hear that the Kenosha riot was over the police “killing” of an “unarmed” black man, Jacob Blake?

You probably heard all of that, a lot. We all did. None of it is true. The corporate press lied incessantly about nearly every little detail of the Rittenhouse case, and it was aided in that deception by Big Tech, which has also forfeited any presumption of trust by its users.

In the immediate aftermath of the Kenosha riots last summer, Facebook proclaimed that Kyle Rittenhouse had committed “mass murder,” blocked all searches of his name, and censored all “praise or support” for him, including links to fundraising sites contributing to his defense. Eventually, fundraising sites like PayPal and GoFundMe did the same.

Facebook wasn’t alone. Before Rittenhouse’s trial, Twitter censored and suspended users who dared to say the teenager hadn’t done anything wrong and acted in self-defense. After a jury acquitted Rittenhouse on all counts, confirming that indeed he did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense, Twitter continued to censor users and suspend accounts that declared Rittenhouse’s innocence, even though it was now a matter of judgment in a court of law, not opinion or speculation.

Big Tech’s official position, long before the trial, was that Rittenhouse was guilty. For Twitter, at least, Rittenhouse remains guilty in some sense, despite his acquittal on all charges. If you wanted to post about the case on these platforms, there was only one opinion you were allowed to have.

It was the same with The New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story last year. Twitter banned the Post over it, suspending its account and demanding the paper delete all tweets about the story, which turned out to be completely true, as the Post insisted it was and as Hunter’s former busines partner Tony Bobulinski confirmed at the time.

Regardless, most corporate outlets worked to suppress the story until the election was over. Only this past September did Politico admit the story was true. Yet The New York Times continued to call it “unsubstantiated” before quietly deleting the false claim amid pushback.

It is the same with nearly every major issue in every major new cycle. During the gubernatorial election in Virginia, where the influence of critical race theory on public school curricula became a flashpoint in the race, we heard over and over from corporate outlets and talking heads that, actually, critical race theory isn’t even taught in Virginia schools! Glenn Youngkin, they said, was simply lying. But of course they were the ones lying, along with Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, whose lies cost him the election.

Once you notice what is happening, it is impossible to un-see it. Just this past weekend, a shocking report by The New York Times about how Hunter Biden helped a Chinese conglomerate secure a major cobalt mine in Congo was assiduously ignored by every major news network. The networks showed zero curiosity about President Biden’s son facilitating the purchase from an American company of one of the world’s richest cobalt mines in 2016, when Joe Biden was still vice president. Instead, ABC News hyped online Black Friday deals, while CBS and NBC News focused on LeBron James’ suspension.

On and on it goes. If the media are not lying outright, they are distorting or ignoring major stories that undermine their preferred narratives. You won’t have to wait long for this to happen again. It will probably happen this week.

When it does, remember that this is what the corporate press has been doing for years now. They are not interesting in informing their readers and viewers, they are interested only in telling you what to think. That is their entire raison d’être.

And rest assured that if you do somehow end up with the wrong opinion, Big Tech will silence you.

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Your Default Assumption Should Be That Everything Corporate Media Says Is A Lie

Your Default Assumption Should Be That Everything Corporate Media Says Is A Lie

As far as corporate media are concerned, the massacre in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday was a “Christmas parade crash.”

That’s how the attack that killed six people and injured more than 60 others is being described by ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Newsweek and others. Not an intentional attack, not a massacre allegedly committed by a violent career criminal already facing multiple felony charges, but merely a crash. The New York Times is calling it a “tragedy.”

Not to be outdone by major news outlets, The Daily Beast rushed to remind its readers that “there are no indications of any additional motive for the Waukesha killings, or any reasons to label it domestic terrorism. That didn’t stop these right-wing trolls.”

Oh no we wouldn’t want to assign ideological motives to a case too soon. But these damn right-wing trolls sure will! No mention from the Beast, of course, of the worst possible example of that in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, which every major news organization gladly went along with.

Here’s the thing. The next time you read an article in the New York Times or the Atlantic, watch a bit of breaking news on MSNBC or a panel on CNN, or hear a report on NPR, your default assumption should be that what you are reading, watching, or hearing is not true. Either it is an outright falsehood, a distortion of the facts, or not the whole story. That should be your posture toward literally every piece of news you consume from corporate media from now on.

There is ample justification for such a posture. It’s justified by every single major news story in recent years — the Russia collusion hoax, the origins of the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter riots, Hunter Biden’s laptop, the debate over Covid vaccines, the January 6 riot, and especially the Rittenhouse trial, to name just a few. Every one of these stories, and many more besides, were dishonestly reported by a corrupt media establishment that you should never trust again.

Consider the Rittenhouse trial. How many times in recent weeks did you hear that Rittenhouse “crossed state lines” with an “illegal firearm”? Or that his mother drove him to Kenosha, Wis., that night? Or that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist and the men he shot were black? How many times did you hear that the Kenosha riot was over the police “killing” of an “unarmed” black man, Jacob Blake?

You probably heard all of that, a lot. We all did. None of it is true. The corporate press lied incessantly about nearly every little detail of the Rittenhouse case, and it was aided in that deception by Big Tech, which has also forfeited any presumption of trust by its users.

In the immediate aftermath of the Kenosha riots last summer, Facebook proclaimed that Kyle Rittenhouse had committed “mass murder,” blocked all searches of his name, and censored all “praise or support” for him, including links to fundraising sites contributing to his defense. Eventually, fundraising sites like PayPal and GoFundMe did the same.

Facebook wasn’t alone. Before Rittenhouse’s trial, Twitter censored and suspended users who dared to say the teenager hadn’t done anything wrong and acted in self-defense. After a jury acquitted Rittenhouse on all counts, confirming that indeed he did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense, Twitter continued to censor users and suspend accounts that declared Rittenhouse’s innocence, even though it was now a matter of judgment in a court of law, not opinion or speculation.

Big Tech’s official position, long before the trial, was that Rittenhouse was guilty. For Twitter, at least, Rittenhouse remains guilty in some sense, despite his acquittal on all charges. If you wanted to post about the case on these platforms, there was only one opinion you were allowed to have.

It was the same with The New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story last year. Twitter banned the Post over it, suspending its account and demanding the paper delete all tweets about the story, which turned out to be completely true, as the Post insisted it was and as Hunter’s former busines partner Tony Bobulinski confirmed at the time.

Regardless, most corporate outlets worked to suppress the story until the election was over. Only this past September did Politico admit the story was true. Yet The New York Times continued to call it “unsubstantiated” before quietly deleting the false claim amid pushback.

It is the same with nearly every major issue in every major new cycle. During the gubernatorial election in Virginia, where the influence of critical race theory on public school curricula became a flashpoint in the race, we heard over and over from corporate outlets and talking heads that, actually, critical race theory isn’t even taught in Virginia schools! Glenn Youngkin, they said, was simply lying. But of course they were the ones lying, along with Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, whose lies cost him the election.

Once you notice what is happening, it is impossible to un-see it. Just this past weekend, a shocking report by The New York Times about how Hunter Biden helped a Chinese conglomerate secure a major cobalt mine in Congo was assiduously ignored by every major news network. The networks showed zero curiosity about President Biden’s son facilitating the purchase from an American company of one of the world’s richest cobalt mines in 2016, when Joe Biden was still vice president. Instead, ABC News hyped online Black Friday deals, while CBS and NBC News focused on LeBron James’ suspension.

On and on it goes. If the media are not lying outright, they are distorting or ignoring major stories that undermine their preferred narratives. You won’t have to wait long for this to happen again. It will probably happen this week.

When it does, remember that this is what the corporate press has been doing for years now. They are not interesting in informing their readers and viewers, they are interested only in telling you what to think. That is their entire raison d’être.

And rest assured that if you do somehow end up with the wrong opinion, Big Tech will silence you.

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House Democrats’ fundraising arm caught in Major factual blunder after Rittenhouse verdict

House Democrats’ fundraising arm caught in Major factual blunder after Rittenhouse verdict

House Democrats’ fundraising arm caught in Major factual blunder after Rittenhouse verdict

“This is the guy guiding the Dems for 2022,” pundit deadpans

By Greg Piper

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made two major factual errors in its response to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict Friday, getting basic details wrong about the police encounter that sparked last summer’s Kenosha riots.

“It’s disgusting and disturbing that someone was able to carry a loaded assault rifle into a protest against the unjust killing of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, and take the lives of two people and injure another — and face absolutely no consequences,” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, chair of the House Democrats’ fundraising arm, wrote in a statement.

Blake was holding a knife when he was shot, and he was paralyzed by the encounter, as several commenters pointed out. “The DCCC chairman doesn’t even know that Jacob Blake is alive,” one tweeted.

“This is the guy guiding the Dems for 2022,” pundit Andrew Sullivan tweeted.

Fox News noted the officer who shot Blake after responding to a domestic disturbance call was not charged by state or federal authorities. Blake was wanted on several warrants, including disorderly conduct and third-degree sexual assault.

DCCC’s spokesperson released a corrected statement later Friday. It refers to the “unjust shooting” of Blake.

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The Media Are Already Trying To Convict Kyle Rittenhouse And Taint His Trial

The Media Are Already Trying To Convict Kyle Rittenhouse And Taint His Trial

Because the national media are still invested in defending the mass violence and race rioting that took place all summer last year, it’s safe to assume that any coverage they devote to the trial of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse will be gross and misleading.

To wit, they’re already suggesting that Rittenhouse’s defense is getting an unfair advantage after the presiding judge, Bruce Schroeder, ruled this week that the three men Rittenhouse shot that August night of violent riots in Kenosha, Wis., cannot be referred to during the trial as “victims,” but that they could be described as “looters,” “rioters,” or “arsonists.”

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said on Wednesday that the ruling “should help Rittenhouse’s defense a great deal” and that characterizing the men as lawbreakers “suggests that Rittenhouse was justified in what he was doing because these were bad people that he shot.”

Anchor Erica Hill said that same day that she “literally can’t wrap my head around this” and that she was “wondering how the heck something like this could happen.”

Areva Martin, another one of CNN’s legal analysts (though this one didn’t expose herself while masturbating on a Zoom call), said the ruling was “incomprehensible” and that to call the men rioters or looters “suggests they deserved what they got.”

I’m sure it will surprise you that this is an attempt to create yet one more false narrative about the race riots that were cheered on by the media last year in order to tip the election against Donald Trump.

The truth is that Judge Schroeder had said the term “victim” is “loaded” because it assumes a degree of guilt by a perpetrator. In this case, Rittenhouse’s legal team is expected to claim he was defending himself when he fired his weapon at the men, two of whom died. Prosecutors countered that it would likewise be “as loaded, if not more loaded” to characterize any of the men shot by Rittenhouse as “rioters” or “looters” or “arsonists.”

Schroeder rejected that argument on the grounds that there is actual evidence that the men were any one or all of those things. Prosecutors had, after all, actually admitted that one of the men, Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, had lit a dumpster ablaze that night. Schroeder further said that in its statements to the jury, Rittenhouse’s defense was free to “demonize” the men, just as prosecutors were free to “beatify” them. But, he said, referring to them as victims was a question at the core of the trial and something to be determined by the jury.

This isn’t a matter of Schroeder giving Rittenhouse a sympathetic leg up. As USA Today noted, the judge “has a standard rule prohibiting use of the term ‘victim’ until someone is convicted of a crime.”

The case isn’t going to center on whether anyone deserved to be shot because they were rioting. It’s going to be about whether Rittenhouse had reason to fear that his life was in danger. Reading the state’s own complaint against Rittenhouse, the answer is: Oh my God, yes he did, and is he OK?!

Rittenhouse had driven that night 30 minutes from his home to Kenosha, where mass protests and riots were taking place over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was wanted for violating a restraining order stemming to claims he had sexually assaulted a woman. Rittenhouse brought a rifle with him and set out to, in his words, protect businesses and offer medical aid to anyone injured.

The first shooting took place at a car dealership. According to a witness cited by the state’s complaint, Rittenhouse was running away and being pursued by Rosenbaum, who was first to engage Rittenhouse. While Rittenhouse was backing up, the witness said that Rosenbaum moved toward the teen with his hands up in an attempt to take his gun. That’s when Rittenhouse fired the gun, striking Rosenbaum multiple times. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

Rittenhouse then fled the area, and the complaint says a group of people formed and chased him. Video from the scene shows people yelling “Beat him up!” and “Get him! Get that dude!” Someone says, “What’d he do?” and another responds, “Just shot someone.”

The complaint says that as Rittenhouse was running, a man “appears to swing at the defendant with his right arm,” making contact with the teen, knocking his hat off of his head.

Rittenhouse then fell to the ground and someone can be heard yelling, “Get his ass!” Video shows several men approaching Rittenhouse. One of them “jumps at and over” Rittenhouse, who fires his gun. The man retreated. The complaint then identifies 26-year-old Anthony Huber as appearing to try to grab the gun. Rittenhouse shoots him and he stumbles away before collapsing dead to the ground.

The complaint then says that 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz, who also was carrying a gun, made his own attempt at grabbing Rittenhouse’s firearm. Video shows that immediately after Rittenhouse shot Huber, Grosskreutz holds up both of his hands but then lunges at Rittenhouse, who fires his gun, striking Grosskreutz in the arm.

The crowd that had been pursuing Rittenhouse dispersed, and the teen then walked toward police with his hands up and pointing back in the direction from which he had come.

Should Rittenhouse have been there to begin with? Was he looking for trouble? I don’t know, and that’s not what he’s on trial for. But judging from the videos and the state’s own complaint against him, he certainly had every reason to believe his life was threatened by a mob in hot pursuit.

A jury will get to hear all of what was mentioned above, just not from CNN.

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One Year After Deadly Race Riots, Kenosha, Wisconsin Is Still Picking Up The Pieces

One Year After Deadly Race Riots, Kenosha, Wisconsin Is Still Picking Up The Pieces

One year ago today, Kenosha police responding to a domestic complaint shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake seven times in the back, leaving him partially paralyzed. A warrant had been issued for Blake’s arrest in July 2020 on charges of third-degree sexual assault, criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct. At the time of the shooting, Blake appeared to be armed with a knife, struggled with officers, thwarted two Tasers, disregarded police commands, and was getting inside a vehicle with three children.

The shooting was a justified use of force to ensure the safety of the officers and the children in the vehicle. No officers involved, including the officer who shot Blake, were charged. Nonetheless, Democrat politicians and their allies in corporate media seized on footage of the shooting, declaring it yet another act of “racism” and proof of America’s systemic oppression.

The results of this rhetoric included two deaths and lasting trauma in a middle-income midwestern city after ensuing riots that caused $50 million in property damage. The damage affected 100 businesses, including putting 40 “out-of-business for good,” according to a member of the Kenosha County Board.

This week, when the corporate media publishes reflection pieces to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Kenosha riots, keep in mind that their goal is to rewrite history and exonerate the politicians and race hucksters responsible for the violence. The true story of Kenosha matters — not just for the residents of Kenosha who lived through it, but also for the rest of the country.

Lasting Scars

Republican Rep. Bryan Steil, who represents Kenosha in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, says that while Kenoshans have proven resilient, “there’s still scars.”

The physical imprint left on the city is still clearly visible today. Uptown Kenosha, where the brunt of arson and looting occurred, appears dilapidated and empty a year after the riots. There is a massive gaping lot and still bits of rubble where the 110-year-old Danish Brotherhood and 109-year-old Rode’s Camera Shop once stood. The bricks are still charred in buildings across the street.

“They weren’t just buildings,” says Kimberly Warner, a single mom who owns two businesses in downtown Kenosha, “but history.”

A year after the rioting, there are still boards covering windows across uptown and downtown Kenosha. Many display artwork preserved from the “Love is the Answer” movement, an attempt by community members to paint positive pictures and messages in the wake of the deadly riots. Other signs are less uplifting. One sign downtown still reads “please kids above,” with an arrow pointing to second-floor apartments.

Even those who didn’t see their businesses looted or burnt down are still affected today. “Several other business owners I know and several officers that I know are suffering from PTSD from seeing some of the things that we saw,” says Warner, her voice breaking. “I sometimes don’t want to close my eyes at night, because it all comes back.”

Mark Wistar, owner of The House of Nutrition and Wellness in downtown Kenosha, tells The Federalist that, like any other business owners, he and his shop were majorly affected by COVID-19 closures. When the rioting came, many businesses in Kenosha were already struggling, and the damage put them over the edge. While many have recovered, others will never reopen.

Wistar, who used to be on Kenosha’s tourism board, says the city “really depends on tourism.” The rioting gave the town “a bad name,” he explains. Because the media “publicized it everywhere,” even businesses that were not physically damaged continue to suffer from the stigma.

The plywood boards still covering shop windows point to the lasting trauma for business owners, but they have also sparked frustration among others. Many business owners expressed to The Federalist that the boards make Kenosha look dangerous and put off already uneasy tourists. They believe the boards need to go for the city to appear welcoming and for people to truly move on. “The boards need to come down, so that those of us that are still here can heal,” says Warner.

When I asked why some are still boarded up, downtown business owners agreed it is largely out of fear. Some small business owners without boarded windows, who are trying to “get back to normal,” would not talk to me out of fear they could be targeted with boycotts or violence.

We Must Hold Governor Evers Accountable

Many Kenoshans are still waiting for Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to be held accountable for the riots and the lingering fear and emotional damage they have inflicted on the community. The revisionist history to avoid this kind of accountability began right away, with Joe Biden calling for the officer involved to be charged and Evers all but declaring the shooting an act of attempted murder and racism.

The demonization of the officer and the canonization of Blake were based on a lie. The officer who shot Blake has been cleared. Blake has pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Even one Kenoshan I interviewed in uptown, who says he believes there is racism in the Kenosha Police Department and wishes Blake hadn’t been shot, said he understands why Blake was shot. “After going over the footage of the shooting,” he said, “as an officer I probably would have been a little scared too.”

More important, however, is how the false narrative from Evers, Biden, and the corporate press fueled the dangerous rioting that led to death and destruction. The heads of four Wisconsin law enforcement groups sent a letter to Evers last year, urging him to “refrain from making statements specific to Kenosha Police involved shooting until the facts of the investigation are known,” because it puts the lives of officers and the public at risk.

Evers did not just hurt the city with false rhetoric. He watched Kenosha burn at the hands of out-of-state thugs for three nights and stubbornly refused to send adequate aid quickly, actions residents believe could have prevented the riots. Within 24 hours of receiving requests for aid, Evers had sent fewer troops to Kenosha than he did to Milwaukee during the NBA finals.

By the second night, it appeared many outsider left-wing professional rioters from groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter were pouring into the city and reaping terror and destruction.

I was there on the second night, when officers were still grossly unprepared for the flood of outside rioters. At the time, I wrote that Kenosha looked like “something I had only seen in photos of war-torn countries.”

Since law enforcement only had enough staff to protect public buildings, regular homes and businesses were left to individual self-defense. “Men and women stood with baseball bats, hand-guns, semi-automatic rifles, and shotguns in front of their businesses and homes,” I wrote at the time.

It wasn’t until three individuals were shot and two died on the third night that Evers accepted help from President Trump and sent in enough national guardsmen to quell the riots.

“Governor Evers has a huge sense of urgency for mask mandates, but when our town is burning to the flippin’ ground, he had zero sense of urgency,” says Warner. “He allowed our town to suffer and burn.”

Today, Evers is still desperately trying to rewrite the narrative. “In a flurry of articles this past week, Governor Evers, his administration, and local partisans have launched a concerted effort to sugarcoat what the governor did and did not do before, during, and after the riots,” writes Steil in a Kenosha News op-ed.

Another Kenosha Coming to a Town Near You?

Rule of law and police procedures did not matter to Democrats in the media and public office who wished to use the Blake shooting to push their political agenda. This agenda is the same as it has been for the entire BLM movement: radical social change.

Leftists’ real goal is not to eradicate racism. If it was, they wouldn’t be inciting riots where racism is not to blame. Instead, their aim is socialism — and what better way to advocate for the “equity” of socialism than to argue the entire American system is stacked against black and brown people.

Leftists are flat-out lying about police shootings like that of Blake, and indoctrinating the next generation into believing their lies by implementing critical race theory in schools across the country. Kids in K-12 are learning they are inherently racist if they are white and have no chance of success if they are black. While there are still Americans today willing to push back against these lies, the left is trying to ensure that by the next generation there won’t be any.

“If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere,” says Winstar. No one would have ever thought Kenosha, a small working-class city, could see such turmoil, but it did. And every small town across America needs to be prepared. The left’s policies will make every city and town like Portland, Washington D.C., and New York City. They want everyone’s children to be force-fed critical race theory, and every town to respond to police shootings and arrests with “abolish the police” riots.

We are in a fight against propaganda and lies. The whitewashing of the preventable, deadly events of Kenosha perfectly encapsulates what’s at stake. We simply cannot allow Evers, Biden, and leftist media to rewrite history. Kenosha was the result of fabricated Democrat outrage and deception.

The price for their political posturing was catastrophic in terms of lives lost and livelihoods and dreams destroyed. We cannot forget the images and video from the Kenosha riots. We must remain vigilant and hold those responsible accountable. It’s the only way to prevent it from coming to a town near you.

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Vladimir Putin Refers to ‘Black Lives Matter’ to Deflect Human Rights Questions in Geneva

Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to the Black Lives Matter movement at his press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday to deflect questions from journalists about human rights abuses in his country.

Putin made the comment as he answered reporters’ questions after a summit with President Joe Biden. The two leaders met face-to-face for two hours, and the overall meeting took three hours — less than the five that had originally been set aside. They did not speak side-by-side at the press conference; rather, Putin appeared first, and then Biden appeared later.

When Putin was asked about repressing his opponents, he said: “America quite recently had to deal with terrible events after the murder of — or the killing of — the African American and Black Lives Matter ensued. I don’t want to make any judgment about that, but what we saw, mass violations of the law, and so on and so forth, we sympathized with the Americans, but we do not wish this kind of thing should happen on our territory, and we will do our utmost to prevent it.”

It is the second time that a foreign rival has used the Black Lives Matter movement to deflect criticism on human rights. In March, Chinese diplomats rebuked Secretary of State Tony Blinken in the first U.S.-China bilateral meeting when the American side tried to bring up Chinese human rights abuses and other issues. China referred to Black Lives Matter.

Later Wednesday, when President Biden was asked by reporter Yamiche Alcindor of PBS to respond to Putin’s statement,  he said the analogy was “ridiculous.”

He went on to claim, falsely, that rioters at the Capitol Jan. 6 killed a police officer.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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