Following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse earlier this month, a student organization at Arizona State University is calling upon campus leadership to expel the acquitted teen, claiming he is a "racist" and "blood-thirsty murderer."
Political student organization MECHA de ASU posted a list of demands to their Instagram on Friday, calling for campus leadership to "withdraw" Rittenhouse from the university, to issue a statement against "white supremacy," and to defund their campus police in order to redirect funding to the multicultural center.
The organization's four demands are as follows: "Withdraw Kyle Rittenhouse from ASU," "Release a statement against white supremacy and racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse," "Reaffirm support for the multicultural center on campus as a space safe from white supremacy," and "Redirect funding from ASU PD to support the multicultural center and establishment of a CAARE Center on campus."
MECHA de ASU is a Chicano-centered organization for students on ASU's campus. According to the group's GoFundMe page set up for general funding for the student organization, "Our work is toward empowering our community in order to liberate colonized people. Our values are rooted in anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism, anti-capitalism, anti-heteropatriarchy, antiracism."
"Even with a not-guilt verdict from a flawed 'justice' system — Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims," the group continued in its demands post on Instagram. "Join us to demand from ASU that these demands be met to protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer."
The organization is holding a rally on campus on Dec. 1 regarding these demands.
According to Karlstack, a SubStack by economist Chris Brunet, ASU is a public university; therefore, they do not have the grounds to expel a student for demands like this, considering how Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges.
"ASU admins have already said that even if Kyle had gone to prison he could still continue his studies online from prison," he wrote. Rittenhouse is currently an online student, not one who attends the university in person.
The multicultural center in question that the organization wants to fund with ASU Police Department funding, is the same one that came into the spotlight in September after video showed two black students demanding that two white, male students leave the space due to the fact that they are white.
"You're making the space uncomfortable … You're white. Do you understand what a multicultural space is? It means you're not being centered," one of the two activists said at the time. One of the two individuals filming was revealed by Brunet to be a Ford Foundation fellow.
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