A number of left-wing student organizations are petitioning administrators at Arizona State University to expel Kyle Rittenhouse from the institution though he is currently only attending classes virtually.
The demand comes despite being found not guilty by a jury earlier this month on multiple counts of murder and reckless endangerment stemming from shootings last year in Kenosha, Wis., during rioting in the city in which two men were killed and a third wounded.
A list of “demands” that were posted online include disenrolling Rittenhouse from ASU, releasing a statement “against white supremacy and racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse,” while also reaffirming “support for the multicultural center as a safe space from white supremacy,” and redirecting funding from campus police to the center.
Student organizations at ASU are organizing a protest to get Kyle Rittenhouse (who is an online student) kicked out of ASU pic.twitter.com/qHy4xM6nri
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) November 28, 2021
“Even with a not guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system, Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims,” the groups said, adding that they plan to hold a rally in support of expelling the teen on Wednesday.
Rittenhouse is attending classes virtually, but according to Tucson.com, he has expressed an interest in attending in-person classes as well. The outlet reported that Rittenhouse began online courses in mid-October, before his trial began.
College Republicans United, which has a chapter at ASU, has repeatedly expressed support for the teen.
“Half of all funds collected this semester for Republicans United will be donated to 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse legal defense fund. He does not deserve to have his entire life destroyed because of the actions of violent anarchists during a lawless riot,” the group tweeted in August 2020, two days after he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27.
All three men, who were white, had criminal records. There has never been any evidence to substantiate claims that Rittenhouse, who has said he supports the BLM movement, is racist, a white supremacist, or a member of any white nationalist or militia organization, despite accusations against him.
The jury found Rittenhouse innocent by means of self-defense after he was set upon and attacked by as many as five people during riots in Kenosha that began after police shot a black man, Jacob Blake, as he reached for a knife inside an SUV while resisting arrest.
ASU’s multicultural space made headlines in September after two black female students verbally accosted two white males who were studying there and demanded that they leave.
The altercation began after the two females spotted a “racist” sticker on the laptop belonging to one of the white males that said “Police Lives Matter.”
“You’re offensive. Police lives matter?” said one of the females as she took video of the confrontation.
The camera first focused on the student with the ‘Police Lives’ sticker before panning to another student who is wearing a t-shirt that says, “Did Not Vote For Biden,” as she berates them for being in a “multicultural space” that she did not believe should include white students.
“We’ve got a Police Lives Matter sticker and we’re getting kicked out. Can’t do school,” the student with then anti-Biden t-shirt says as he holds up his phone and appears to be taking video of the confrontation as well.
“You’re white, do you understand what a multicultural space is? It means you’re not being centered,” the filming female asks.
“White’s not a culture?” the male in the anti-Biden shirt asked.
“White is not a culture, say it again to the camera, you think whiteness is a culture,” she responded.
“This is the violence that ASU does and this is the type of people that they protect. Okay, this white man thinks he can take up our space,” she complained.
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