EDITORIAL: Kenosha, Waukesha apples and oranges | Editorials

The celebrated neurologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud was known for his dream interpretations and imagery that instilled many symbols with sexuality. A quote ascribed to him – “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” – was probably never made about the latter. But it might apply to people these days who jump to conclusions about events that they believe are related.

A quick look at comments attached to stories on social media and traditional media websites about the recent tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, proves this misguided tendency. Just like a certain segment of ignorant Americans from the Middle East with the terrorist attacks of Events 11 that happened in Wisconsin. And there is no way to define the rumors and rhetoric except as racist screeds.

According to the authorities, the driver of an SUV plowed through barricades on November 21, deliberately rolling over people who were taking part in the Waukesha Christmas parade. Officials say Darrell E. Brooks, charged on five counts of first degree murder, was involved in a domestic incident earlier that day. And he was on $ 1,000 bail, which prosecutors said was “unreasonably low”. That was for an incident on November 2nd where he was accused of running over a woman.

The apple-to-orange comparisons between Kenosha and Waukesha come from the fact that Brooks happens to be black. The distorted logic of some misguided souls suggests that he must have run over his victims in retaliation for what happened – or rather, didn’t happen – to Rittenhouse. This young man came from another state, apparently looking for trouble, and found him: he shot three people and killed two. But all of the evidence so far suggests that the two cases are unrelated.

Brooks was in trouble long before Rittenhouse snuck into Kenosha. A bail arrest warrant was issued against him in August 2016. And prior to his November assaults, he was released on bail following an incident in July 2020. This date is crucial because it was about a month before the Kenosha uprising, when Rittenhouse blew up these people. It seems Brooks had his own reasons for misunderstanding.

To no surprise did Rittenhouse come off the hook. Wisconsin law is a little different from Oklahoma’s law, with arguably stricter standards for convictions, especially of teenagers, but few outside observers bought “self-defense” as a legitimate defense. Initial reports suggested that Rittenhouse was coming to “defend” the city and the business community from the rioters, but that doesn’t wash away. It was not his city, and besides, that kind of “defense” falls within the purview of actual law enforcement. They didn’t need the “border justice” exercised by this boy who cried crocodile tears in court. But the jury has spoken for better or for worse.

Reputable media understand that it is wrong to connect dots without evidence that they connect, or to force square pins through round holes. This suggests a subject too ugly to think about. It’s not just dishonest; it spoils for more trouble this country doesn’t need. Nobody has the right to publicly state as fact that there is a connection between Kenosha and Waukesha. But that won’t stop people steeped in hatred of “others,” and it is evident that most speculators are mad at it.

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