image shows many people gathered at a protest. Attica Scott is speaking through a microphone. In the background a number of white people are holding a SURJ banner.

Kyle Rittenhouse verdict sparks Louisville protests

By Ayana Archie, Louisville Courier Journal | Photo by Joe Sonka

About 50 people gathered in downtown Louisville on Saturday afternoon to protest the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges against him Friday, more than a year after he shot three men during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The protest, which took place on the steps of the Hall of Justice, was organized by the Louisville chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, whose goal is “bringing more white people into racial justice movements for change.”

Anice Chenault, part of the LSURJ leadership team encouraged people to use their anger toward the criminal justice system to bring about change, starting with those around them. 

“We feel this anger,” she said. “We say to ourselves and people who we know agree with us that this is wrong. But we got to start saying it to people who don’t agree with us. We have to start saying it in public. You have to start taking risks at work. Because if we don’t speak up, especially white folks, every time we don’t say something there is an assumption that we agree.” 

Read the rest of the article at the Courier Journal here.