MSNBC Contributor: Arbery Convictions ‘Literally the Very Least We’re Owed’

Brittany Packnett Cunningham, MSNBC’s contributor to the show, must have been pleased with the result of Ahmaud Abery’s trial. But the focus of her comments on MSNBC on Wednesday night leaves you wondering whether she saw the verdicts as complicating her task of painting the United States as irretrievably racist. It’s impossible to feel any better.

Jonathan Capehart, guest host on the interview The 11th HourCunningham didn’t mention once that all three of the murder defendants were convicted by a nearly all-white jury from the Deep South. Instead, Cunningham dismissed the verdicts, calling them “literally what we are owed.”

Cunningham instead focuses on what she perceives is wrong with America. Thus, For what she called Michael Brown’s “murder”, she condemned the acquittal for Darren Wilson, a police officer.Ferguson, Missouri. This despite the Justice Department run by Eric Holder, Obama’s Attorney General, having cleared Wilson, finding “no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat.”

Obama/Holder: white supremacist racists, too?

Capehart also requested Cunningham’s opinion Charles Blow’s column from the New York Timeswho called Kyle Rittenhouse a “murderer” despite his acquittal on all charges—He claimed it. There are many Rittenhouses around.Cunningham was fervently in agreement, saying:

It’s a fact. There are many other Kyle Rittenhouses. We know they are out there.E Many of their parents march into the school board meetings. As we speak, trying to ensure that this country’s history isn’t taught.”

Parents who oppose their children’s learning Critical Race Theory to be indoctrinated are racists, who will raise tomorrow’s Rittenhouses.

This one is a case of “no instance goes unpunished”. To tell America the United States that it is fundamentally evil no matter what, or to win elections, is not an effective way of winning hearts and minds. 

The laments of MSNBC contributor Brittany Packnett Cunningham were sponsored in part by Liberty Mutual, Procter & Gamble, maker of Always Discreet and Charmin, Citi, Abbott, maker of Freestyle Libre, and Facebook.

You can find the transcription here.

The Final Word
10:00 pm ET

JONATHAN CAPEHART – I am joined now by Brittany Packnett Cunningham (a veteran social-justice activist and former member of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force).

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BRITTANY PACKNETT, CUNNINGHAM Thinking about the inconviction of Darren Wilson of the murder of Mike BrownFerguson 2014. The Ferguson incident of 2014. 

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CAPEHART: You know, Brittany, New York TimesCharles Blow, columnist writes“The greatest danger, and most likely, is that other Rittenhouses exist out there,”—young men who watched this verdict and saw how the right has embraced and celebrated a murderer, and now want to follow his lead.” Brittany: How can we respond to the Rittenhouse conviction that has inspired white vigilantes?

CUNNINGHAM, Well, Charles Blow seems to be right. The truth is that it’s unlikely or impossible. There are many Kyle Rittenhouses. There are many more Kyle Rittenhouses out there. We know they are out because their parents march into school boards meetings right as we speak. They want to ensure that this nation’s history is not taught.

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We were literally owed nothing by the guilty verdicts in today’s Arbery murder trial.

CAPEHART: — Right.

CUNNINGHAM — You know what it was like to get even a small amount of accountability. This work will continue.

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