Colin Kaepernick has had his say on the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, labelling him a "white supremacist".
The former NFL star also made calls to "abolish our current system", claiming "white supremacy cannot be reformed".
We just witnessed a system built on white supremacy validate the terroristic acts of a white supremacist.- Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 19, 2021
This only further validates the need to abolish our current system. White supremacy cannot be reformed.
Rittenhouse has been on trial for the murders of two men and attempted murder of a third during civil unrest in the United States last year.
The Kenosha gunman claimed he acted in self-defence when he fired at people during a protest in Wisconsin following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse, who was armed with a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, insisted he was trying to protect a car dealership from being vandalised during the protests.
After a lengthy trial, the jury has now come to a decision, finding him not guilty on all charges.
The verdict has sparked outrage across the United States with a number of high profile figures weighing in.
"We just witnessed a system built on white supremacy validate the terroristic acts of a white supremacist," Kaepernick tweeted.
"This only further validates the need to abolish our current system. White supremacy cannot be reformed."
The verdict sent social media into a frenzy and the ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback was just one of many people who shared their thoughts once it was read out.
Most notably, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace tweeted: "Ha, let the boy be black and it would've been life... hell he would've had his life taken before the bulls*** trial... sad."
not surprised at all , smh ...- Ja Morant (@JaMorant) November 19, 2021
Kyle Rittennhouse can kill without a sliver of doubt & walk free but Julius Jones is in jail for life without the chance for parole after being on death row for 20 years with all types of doubt in his case. What is Justice? God help us.- Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) November 19, 2021
Ha, let the boy be black and it would've been life...hell he would've had his life taken before the bullshit trial.. sad- Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) November 19, 2021
Rittenhouse was facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
He was acquitted on all five.
Kaepernick's tweet received a mixed response from other social media users with some supporting the ex-NFL star-turned-activist while others took issue with his comments.
Either way, the case and its subsequent outcome appears to have left America divided with more protests expected to take place in the coming days.
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