In case you weren’t aware, you’re not allowed to have an opinion on 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse that isn’t 100 percent negative — at least on Facebook.
A lot of videos were taken before, during, and after the incident involving Rittenhouse and his possible assailants. One of them shows the 17-year-old acting as an EMT during the demonstration in Kenosha. Conservative YouTuber Mark Dice shared this video to his Facebook page, which was promptly removed for vague reasons. Apparently, only one narrative is permitted on the world’s most popular social media platform.
Rittenhouse became public enemy number one for the left and the mainstream media (but we repeat ourselves) following his arrest after an altercation that left two “demonstrators” dead and one injured. The 17-year-old, who has been blacklisted as a MAGA-hat wearing Blue Lives Matter supporter, used an AR-15 to shoot alleged rioters who had been pursuing him during a routine looting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Defenders of Rittenhouse say this is a clear and cut case of self-defense. Left-wing pundits say Rittenhouse drove across state lines with the express intent to cause harm to others.
We’re going to take a radical position here. While the video footage appears to show Rittenhouse defending himself against hostile actors, this is something typically decided by a judge and a jury. However, the idea that Rittenhouse can only be portrayed on social media as a bloodthirsty white nationalist is more than a bit concerning.
This is the position that has served as the foundation for modern law and order for centuries. Presumed innocence is a staple of the American tradition. However, this constitutional take is upended when an entire media complex takes one side — and silences the other.
So, if you’re still interested in using Facebook, be very careful about what you post to your page. The Silicon Valley censors may think you’re a terrorist…
Here’s Mark Dice himself with the full rundown.