Opinion | What the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Says About Justice in America

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Wow. Yet another punch in the face to the thousands of women abuse survivors incarcerated for acts of self-defense. This verdict had nothing to do with justice. This verdict was a clear message about power and control, and exactly who in American society is permitted to hold it.

Valerie M. Field
Sea Cliff, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Re “Rittenhouse and the Right’s White Vigilante Heroes,” by Charles M. Blow (column, Nov. 22):

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The verdict makes me more fearful and more concerned about the state of the country. I grew up in Mississippi under Jim Crow laws. Never have I been so afraid of white people.

My fear is based partly on the degree to which those with positions of authority, such as Judge Bruce Schroeder, coddle vigilantes. The judge went to extraordinary lengths to protect Kyle Rittenhouse. The verdict will embolden other white vigilantes, especially when they learn of the benefits inuring to Mr. Rittenhouse: job offers and potential speaking engagements.

God help us if an unintended consequence of the coddling of vigilantes is that those with reasonable fear begin arming themselves and shooting at the first sign of perceived danger.

Devarieste Curry
Washington
The writer is a retired lawyer.

To the Editor:

Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two young men as a teen, has the opportunity to deter gun violence through his public words and deeds, or to worsen it by the same. I hope he is mature enough to make the right decision. Either way he, and the country, will reap what he sows.

Francesca Turchiano
New York

To the Editor:

Re “The Absurd Side of Social Justice Efforts” (column, Nov. 16):

Michelle Goldberg’s column about the American Medical Association’s “Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts” minimizes language’s power to build and maintain dominant narratives and exacerbate inequities in care.

Our intent is to challenge long-held narratives in medicine that harm historically marginalized people and communities. It is to promote equity and inclusion by helping my fellow physicians and me center the care we provide around our patients’ lived experiences, without reinforcing stigmatization or negative stereotypes. It is designed to stimulate awareness about language and concepts most of us didn’t learn in medical school, moving us closer to racial justice and equity in medicine.

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