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Justice, Not Revenge, for Ahmaud Arbery and Kyle Rittenhouse

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Justice, Not Revenge, for Ahmaud Arbery and Kyle Rittenhouse

The Wall Street Journal November 23, 2021
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The purpose of a trial is to assess the facts in each case, not to settle scores between identity groups.

A New York state judge last week vacated the convictions of two black men in the 1965 murder of Malcolm X. A new investigation had discovered that the New York City Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation suppressed evidence that would have absolved the defendants of any wrongdoing. Both men spent about two decades in prison before being paroled. One is deceased, and the other is 83.

Earlier this week, four black men were exonerated by a Florida judge in the alleged kidnapping and rape of a white woman more than 70 years ago. Two of the men were convicted by a jury on little evidence, and two of them were shot and killed by a sheriff and local mob. None of the Groveland Four lived to see their names cleared.

This is the ugly racial history that animates so much of the political commentary on the left as the nation deals with fallout from Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal and the upcoming verdict in a Georgia case involving three white men charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, who was black. The past injustices regularly suffered by black defendants are not in dispute. The question is whether social-justice activists today are in fact seeking justice for minority defendants or simply seeking revenge.

Continue reading the entire piece here at The Wall Street Journal (paywall)

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Jason L. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and a Fox News commentator. Follow him on Twitter here.

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