Now, let’s be clear: white defendants like Rittenhouse are often granted unfair breaks not sanctioned by the law. No one should receive those. But some of the breaks Rittenhouse received–such as protecting him from a 5th Amendment violation–were reasonable and everyone should receive them.
If Black and Muslim defendants were similarly afforded all of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, if they were tried on the basis of solid evidence and not prejudicial conjecture, if they were presumed innocent at the outset of trial, our justice system might be worth the name.
Ismail Allison is national communications coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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