UCLA professor Kara Cooney admitted Wednesday to repeating a false liberal narrative about Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse in her new book — but she claimed to have spoken a larger truth.
In “The Good Kings” — a history of Egyptian pharaohs and their lessons for today, published by National Geographic in November — Cooney claimed Rittenhouse “used his semi-automatic weapon to kill two Black men in Kenosha, Wisconsin, while waging a glorious race war on behalf of his inherited White power.”
This @NatGeo writer published a history book comparing Kyle Rittenhouse to evil Egyptian kings🙄
Unfortunately, she neglected to research the case, falsely writing that Rittenhouse "killed two black men"🤣
She says that despite her error, Rittenhouse is still an evil pharaoh🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/BxAVVwNwZV
— YOUTUBE.COM / VITO (@VitoGesualdi) January 6, 2022
Problem: Both men Rittenhouse shot and killed in self-defense during violent protests in August 2020 were white, online critics pointed out this week.
- “That was my mistake, and I apologize. The response has been a hateful stew of ridicule and denial that America has a race problem at all,” Cooney, an Egyptologist, responded in a Twitter thread.
- “If one mistake in a little known book about ancient Egypt elicits this much howling, it is to avoid discussing our larger problem, to avoid seeing our deep-seeded obsession with patriarchal power,” she continued. “So yeah, tiny detail of the book with a big mistake about a massive American issue. And that’s on me. But the white supremacy is still a problem. And the misogyny is still a problem.”