UCLA professor’s book incorrectly claims Rittenhouse “killed two black men in Kenosha” while “waging glorious race war”

A UCLA professor, TV show host and National Geographic writer is looking at losing a lot more than her credibility after she published a book claiming that Kyle Rittenhouse killed two black men as part of “a glorious race war” on the side of white supremacy.

In her new book, “The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World,” Egyptologist Kara Cooney made some egregious claims.

“Consider 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who 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,” she wrote. “That’s not to mention the white people who rallied behind him to post his bail.”

“Fear has gripped the patriarchy,” she added, “And the threat of righteous violence -or the lethal use of it- is the patriarchy’s response.

Rittenhouse, who was voluntarily performing graffiti cleanup and fire-suppression an first aid duties before offering to help secure a car lot in the path of rioters, engaged three men after being attacked on night of August 25, 2020. Two of the men died from their wounds and the third was injured, with all three being white males.

Elsewhere in her book, Cooney erroneously claimed that Civil Rights Movement activist Rosa Parks was sitting in the “white section” of the bus when she refused to move. However, this was also historically inaccurate.

When called out on her inaccuracies on Twitter by OAN Network reporter Kara McKinney, Cooney then doubled down on some of her statements.

“Yes,” the UCLA associate professor and department chairwoman tweeted. “This was my mistake. And caught too late for printing. Apologies. I stand by the sentiment of white supremacy, however.”

Kyle Rittenhouse at the start of the day’s proceedings in his trial in Kenosha Circuit Court Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in Wisconsin. (Mark Hertzberg/Pool/Zuma Press/TNS)

“Kind of a huge mistake no?” asked netizen Marty Seeds in response. “Even though every singe fact was wrong, [she] stands by calling everyone a racist.

“In that sentence the blackness of the victims was wrongly stated, yes,” Cooney retorted. “And I take full responsibility for that. The reason for Rittenhouse’s appearance in Wisconsin, locked and loaded, is the point.”

However, the findings from the highly-publicized court case involving Rittenhouse -which was livestreamed for the public- would be to the contrary.

According to her personal bio, “Kathlyn M. Cooney is an Egyptologist, archaeologist, associate professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Language and Cultures at UCLA. As well as for her scholarly work, she is known for hosting television shows on ancient Egypt on the Discovery Channel as well as for writing a popular-press book on the subject. She specializes in craft production, coffin studies, and economies in the ancient world.”


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