"A note on Kenosha in light of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial," writes Nellie Bowles in Common Sense with Bari Weiss, "Until quite recently, the mainstream liberal argument was that burning down businesses for racial justice was both good and healthy. Burnings allowed for the expression of righteous rage, and the businesses all had insurance to rebuild."
Bowles said that she was working for the Times back then and traveled to Kenosha. What she found had no resemblance to the story being released by the Times, or other mainstream media outlets.
In fact, much of what had been reported actually "turned out to be not true. The part of Kenosha that people burned in the riots was the poor, multi-racial commercial district, full of small, underinsured cell phone shops and car lots." She talked to the people who owned the shops, and the communities that relied on those businesses, then she filed the story.
"It didn't run," Bowles writes. "It sat and sat... A few weeks after I filed, an editor told me: ``The Times wouldn't be able to run my Kenosha insurance debacle piece until after the 2020 election, so sorry."
Bowles announced there were reasons given that weren't of skewing the election or not wanting to put out an honest story regarding the disorders and their aftermath, though the piece did not run until November 9, 2020, once Joe Biden was named the winner of the election. That article spoke of how many of the people out burning, looting, and rioting were white. A shop owner she talked to in Kenosha told Bowles she was "shocked... to see so many white protestors destroying property in the name of Black lives." Bowles announced that these "seemed to be well-off young people, with little sense" of what local shops really mean to their owners and their communities.
That shop owner, Linda Tolliver, said, "It's some blue-haired, latte-drinking hippie in Seattle coming here to raise hell while they go home to their nice beds. They don't care about any of us."
This was the scene that Kyle Rittenhouse suffered when he was out in Kenosha on the night of August 25, 2020, and shot three men, killing two. He is now on trial for those deaths, and has insisted that he was acting in self-defense.