White Privilege?

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This week, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was exonerated of all charges stemming from a hoax attack on January 29th.  Smollett alleged that he had been beaten by two men who shouted “This is MAGA country”.

Supporters of Smollett came out in droves such as Sen. Cory Booker who immediately called for an “anti-lynching” bill and Kamala Harris who prayed for his quick recovery.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called the “attack” racist and homophobic as well as former VP Joe Biden.

On February 14th, Chicago police began an investigation of a possible staged attack and on the 15th raided the home of two men of Nigerian descent who had both been extras on “Empire” who later were outed as affiliates of Smollett.

Smollett was later indicted on 16 felony counts related to making a false report.

Despite the seriousness of these charges, despite the evidence that this was a staged attack, Smollett was exonerated of all charges on Tuesday morning and further had the records sealed.  The authorities know he did it, the public knows he did it, the two Nigerian bodybuilders who perpetrated the attack knows he did it but yet, he has all charges dropped.

Of course, it’s well known his association with the Obama family and the fact that he’s gay and rich makes this an even more blatant travesty of justice.  If this had been you or I that wasted public resources and lied to the authorities and faced 16, count em, 16 felony counts, you can rest assured we would not be smiling for the cameras.

 

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