Today’s decision in the Kyle Ritttenhouse case was a tough decision to process – whether you supported the decision, opposed it, or weren’t quite sure what to make of it. Rather than try to use my space to present my own take on the decision (which would represent my own limited life-experience and perspective), I thought I would use the space to raise five questions that the verdict raised for me – in hopes that you might ask yourself some of these questions and share the questions with others.
I know that some of you might be compelled to post answers to my questions on the blog. Of course, I can’t stop you from doing that. I would, however, like to put forth a much more helpful (and challenging) alternative.
Instead of simply sharing your perspective, I would invite you to find a loved one and have a conversation with that person about some (or all) of the questions I raise. Then – AFTER you’ve had a conversation – I would love to hear how the conversation went in your post.
I prefer this response because I believe the world is already too full of people reacting – rather than responding – to the events of our day. It is far more difficult to find instances where people intentionally go out into the world, engage others, actually listen to what the other person says, and then process what happened in the conversations. I would LOVE it if my blog could motivate this kind of a response.
Here are the questions I would invite you to talk about.
- What is your definition of peace?
- Does “keeping the peace” mean the same thing as “preserving the status quo”?
- Whose job is it to maintain order?
- How should those who have been historically marginalized advocate for justice in a system that is designed to keep them marginalized?
- How might people have reacted if it was a young Black man who walked through the streets of Kenosha carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon compared to how they responded when a young White man (Kyle Rittenhouse) did that?
Thanks in advance to those who get important conversations going.