By: Konrad Holden
On Wednesday, a UCLA professor and self-described Egyptologist put out a tweet apologizing for a passage in her book that claimed Kyle Rittenhouse shot two black men. In reality, Rittenhouse shot two white men after they attacked him in August of 2020. The professor went on to claim that even though she was wrong, America still had a race problem. The book received a large amount of backlash from conservatives for the false information.
UCLA Professor Kara Cooney, an Egyptologist and author had to put out an apology for a passage in her recent book, “The Good Kings.”
On page 341, she wrote that Kyle Rittenhouse shot two black men.
After receiving backlash from conservatives, Cooney apologized but continued to maintain that America has a race problem saying, “That’s on me. But the white supremacy is still a problem. And the misogyny is still a problem.”
One social media user reacted to her apology saying, “I was held to a higher standard than this for papers I wrote in high school. You aren’t a victim here. If you and your publishers put out a book “mistaking” an easily verifiable detail of a major case from this past year how can you or your publishers be trusted to put out information about ancient history.”
In mid-November, Rittenhouse was cleared of all charges and released from custody.
“On p. 341 of THE GOOD KINGS I state that Kyle Rittenhouse shot two Black men when instead he shot two white men. 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.” - Kara Cooney, UCLA