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When that Wisconsin jury acquitted Kyle Reitenhaus of murder last week, that development hampered the progress of science, a Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia suggested in multiple online posts that at least one critic was being ridiculed as inappropriate “political rhetoric.”
A link to James Madison University’s official Instagram account briefly included a so-called “student takeover” video in which a JMU student mourned the “murder” of “two beautiful black lives” – although the jury agreed that Reitenhaus acted automatically. The defense and the two men he fatally shot were both white.
“Reminder: It is difficult to focus on science if you are concerned that you may be legally shot or you may be shot in protest,” the JMU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry tweeted Saturday, the day after Rittenhouse’s release. The section continued, citing various shootings of black men that the Black Lives Matter movement had turned into a rally cry.
The section adds, “If you’re worried that your loved ones might die while getting skits, or selling cigarettes, playing with a toy gun, or sitting in their apartment or jogging or wearing hoodies, it’s hard to focus on science,” said Eric Garner. , Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arberry and Trevon Martin.
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“If you are concerned that you may be deported or that your human rights will depend on the outcome of the election, it is difficult to focus on science. The fight for justice * is a fight for science.”
The JMU Chemistry Department also shared a video of Peacock Channel host Amber Rafin, where the host claimed that Rittenhouse acquittal showed that “the judiciary [is] Clearly and clearly piled up against people of color. ”
JMU’s official Instagram account also shared a video featuring student Dicuan Nichols.
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In the video, Nichols addresses the “Kyle Reitenhaus case verdict.”
“We shout ‘Black Lives Matter’ but for these people in power – the jury, the judges, anyone – it is not important enough to accuse this man of murder and taking away two beautiful black lives,” Nichols said.
Tina Ramirez, founder of the religious freedom nonprofit Hardware Global and a Republican congressional candidate in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, shared the video on Twitter – accusing the university of “political propaganda.”
Kenosha, Wisconsin: A jury has convicted Reitenhaus of five counts of fatal shooting and injuring two whites on August 25, 2020, the second night of civil unrest in Kenosha.
Reitenhaus attorneys argued that the 17-year-old Illinois resident was acting in self-defense after being attacked from behind during the shooting. Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, As well as Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26 Grosskreutz survived the riots, but Rosenbaum and Huber died.
The prosecution claimed that Reitenhaus had instigated the attack.
Then the riots started Police shots Jacob Blake in Kenosha earlier this week. Blake survived the shooting but became partially unconscious.
In a statement to Fox News, a JMU spokesman addressed Nichols’ video, but not the chemistry department’s posts.
“James Madison University offers ‘Student Takeover’ on the social media platform as an opportunity for our audience to learn about student activity and research,” said spokeswoman Mary-Hope Vass. “Yesterday’s takeover went into a student’s personal opinion and attitude, which is not necessarily a reflection of the university. The video expressing this opinion has been removed from the university’s social media account.”
Ramirez spoke to Fox News about JMU’s response to the release of the retainhouse.
Ramirez told Fox News that “judging a young man’s guilt by a jury of his peers is against advocating for a fair criminal justice system.” “It’s serious that JMU has let this happen on their official social media accounts, to say nothing of the obvious misinformation.”
“It’s not pale to see that the school’s chemistry department will then double with more political rhetoric,” he added. “It’s hard to focus on chemistry in their posts,” he said, “but it’s literally their job and their parents pay the thousands of dollars in tuition fees they expect. That’s why I was so adamant that we need to build schools about education again.” We should teach our students how to think critically, not politically. “
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Republican Glenn Yankin has campaigned for education in parts of the Virginia governorship, pushing back against what parents see as the left-wing politicization of the education system, declaring that parents should have the right to decide what schools teach their children.