NHeLP is heartbroken and angered by today’s verdict finding Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts after shooting unarmed men protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake by a white police officer. Rittenhouse was acquitted despite clear evidence that he murdered Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and severely injured Gaige Grosskreutz in the Kenosha, Wisconsin protests. We denounce Rittenhouse’s acts of violence, which were motivated by racism and hate. We continue to stand by the statement we made condemning white supremacist violence last year. NHeLP mourns with the families of Rittenhouse’s victims, who have not received justice with today’s verdicts.
We also acknowledge the trauma, frustration, and hurt that Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color experience on a daily basis in response to this continued violence. We state again that Black Lives Matter.
NHeLP remains committed to doing its part to end white supremacy culture and we know that statements are not enough. We follow the lead of social justice and civil rights organizations and will continue to do our part to continue to address inequities in health care access.