MSNBC collaborator Brittany Packnett Cunningham was certainly pleased with the outcome of the trial of the men accused of Ahmaud Arbery’s death. But the subject of her comments on MSNBC Wednesday night leaves you wondering if she viewed the verdicts as complicating her task of portraying the United States as hopelessly racist. You can never feel better about it.
Interviewed by guest host Jonathan Capehart on The 11th Hour, Cunningham never once mentioned that a virtually all-white jury in a Deep South state convicted the three defendants of murder. Instead of, Cunningham downplayed the verdicts as “literally the least we are owed”.
Rather, Cunningham focused on everything she considers wrong with America. Thereby, she denounced the acquittal of police officer Darren Wilson for what she called the “murder” of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. This despite the fact that the Justice Department headed by Eric Holder, Obama’s Attorney General, has authorized Wilson, finding “no credible evidence that Wilson deliberately shot Brown while attempting to surrender or did not pose a threat.”
Obama / Holder: white supremacist racists too?
Capehart also asked Cunningham to comment the column by Charles Blow from New York Times–who called Kyle Rittenhouse a “murderer” despite his acquittal of all charges—in which he claimed that there are other Rittenhouses there. Cunningham fervently agreed, saying:
“It is a certain fact that there are other Kyle Rittenhouses there. And we know they’re there becausee many of their parents show up at school board meetings as we speak trying to make sure that the history of this country is not taught. “
In other words, parents who oppose their children being brainwashed by Critical Race Theory are racists who are raising the Rittenhouses of tomorrow.
Chalk this one under “no instance of justice goes unpunished”. Telling America that no matter what, the country remains fundamentally bad, is not a way to win hearts and minds – or elections.
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Here is the transcript.
The last word
10:55 p.m. ET
JONATHAN CAPEHART: With me now is veteran social justice activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham, a former member of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force.
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BRITTANY PACKNETT CUNNINGHAM: I think of the non-conviction of Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson in 2014. There’s a long model, a long thread here, not only does this criminal justice system let people get away with doing the work that they too often want to be able to do on their own, to control and to master blacks and black freedom, but I also think of the common thread that then takes these people and honors them, that they want to create another law to stand before this altar of white supremacy that they can worship and learn from. .
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CAPHART: You know, Brittany, New York Times columnist Charles Blow writes, “the great threat, and the real possibility, is that there are other Rittenhouses out there– young people who have watched this verdict and seen how the right has embraced and celebrated a murderer, and now want to follow his example. Brittany, how can our country respond to the white vigilantes inspired by the acquittal of Rittenhouse?
CUNNINGHAM: Well, I think Charles Blow is there, and the truth is, it’s neither likely nor possible. It is a fact that there are other Kyle Rittenhouses. And we know they’re there because a lot of their parents are showing up at school board meetings as we speak, trying to make sure that the history of this country is not taught.
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The guilty verdicts we saw in Arbery’s murder trial today were literally the least we are owed –
CAPHART: – Right.
CUNNINGHAM: –and you know how much it took us to get any semblance of that kind of responsibility. This work will therefore continue.