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When a Wisconsin jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of homicide fees final week, that growth hampered the progress of science, a Virginia university’s chemistry division prompt in a sequence of on-line posts that at the very least one critic is deriding as inappropriate “politicized rhetoric.”

The communications on James Madison University’s official Instagram account additionally briefly included a so-called “student takeover” video through which a JMU pupil lamented the “murdering” of “two beautiful Black lives” – despite the fact that the jury agreed that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense and the 2 males he fatally shot have been each White.

“Reminder: it is hard to focus on science if you are worried you might be legally shot or run over at a protest,” the JMU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry tweeted on Saturday, the day after Rittenhouse’s acquittal. The division continued, referencing varied shootings of Black males that the Black Lives Matter motion has was rallying cries.

“It is hard to focus on science if you are worried your loved ones might be killed getting Skittles, or selling cigarettes, or playing with a toy gun, or sitting in their apartment, or jogging, or wearing a hoodie,” the division added, obliquely referencing the deaths of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery, and Trayvon Martin. 


“It’s hard to focus on science if you’re worried you might get deported or if your human rights depend on the outcome of an election. The fight for justice *is* a fight for science.”

James Madison University Chemistry Department Twitter screenshot.

James Madison University Chemistry Department Twitter screenshot.

The JMU chemistry division additionally shared a video from Peacock channel host Amber Ruffin through which the host claimed the Rittenhouse acquittal exhibits that “the judicial system [is] blatantly and obviously stacked against people of color.” 

James Madison University Chemistry Department Twitter screenshot.

James Madison University Chemistry Department Twitter screenshot.
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JMU’s official Instagram account additionally shared a video that includes pupil Deaquan Nichols. 


In the video, Nichols addresses “The verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case.”

“We scream ‘Black Lives Matter’ but it doesn’t matter enough for these people who are in power – the jury, the judge, anybody – to charge this man with murdering and taking away two beautiful Black lives,” Nichols says. 

‘Political propaganda’

Tina Ramirez, founding father of the non secular freedom nonprofit Hardwired Global and a Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia’s seventh Congressional District, shared the Nichols video on Twitter – and accused the university of “pushing political propaganda.”

The Kenosha, Wisconsin, jury declared Rittenhouse not responsible on 5 fees referring to his deadly capturing of two White males and wounding of 1 different White man through the second night time of civil unrest in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020. 

Rittenhouse’s attorneys argued that the then-17-year-old Illinois resident was appearing in self-defense after being attacked from behind when he shot Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, as effectively as Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26 within the riots. Grosskreutz survived however Rosenbaum and Huber died.

The prosecution claimed Rittenhouse provoked the assaults.

The rioting adopted the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha earlier within the week. Blake survived the capturing however stays partially paralyzed.

‘Student takeovers’

A JMU spokeswoman addressed the Nichols video, however not the chemistry division posts, in an announcement to Fox News.

“James Madison University offers ‘student takeovers’ on social media platforms as an opportunity for our audiences to learn about student activities and research,” spokeswoman Mary-Hope Vass stated. “One of yesterday’s takeovers went into the personal opinion and viewpoints of a student, which are not necessarily reflective of the university. The video expressing this opinion was removed from the university’s social media account.”

From left: Gaige Grosskreutz, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum were each shot by Kyle Rittenhouse during a night of unrest last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Grosskreutz survived but Huber and Rosenbaum both died.

From left: Gaige Grosskreutz, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum have been every shot by Kyle Rittenhouse throughout an evening of unrest final 12 months in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Grosskreutz survived however Huber and Rosenbaum each died.
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Ramirez spoke with Fox News concerning the JMU responses to the Rittenhouse acquittal.

“Presuming the guilt of a young man found innocent by a jury of of his peers is the antithesis of standing for a fair criminal justice system,” Ramirez advised Fox News. “That JMU allowed this to take place on their official social media accounts, to say nothing of the blatant misinformation, is egregious.”

Kyle Rittenhouse is sworn in to testify during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse earlier this month in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

Kyle Rittenhouse is sworn in to testify throughout his trial on the Kenosha County Courthouse earlier this month in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 
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“To see that the school’s Chemistry Department would then double down with more politicized rhetoric is beyond the pale,” she added. “In their posts they say ‘it’s hard to focus on Chemistry,’ but that is literally their job and what parents are paying thousands of dollars in tuition fees expect them to do. This is why I’ve been so adamant that we need to make school about education again. We should be teaching students how to think critically, not what to think politically.”

Republican Glenn Youngkin received the Virginia governor’s race partly by campaigning on schooling, pushing again towards what mother and father see as the left-wing politicization of the schooling system and declaring that folks ought to have the correct to resolve what faculties educate their kids.