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QUOTE OF THE DAY: OK, But Kyle Rittenhouse Is Still an Evil Pharaoh

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.

THE QUOTE

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.”

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.”

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