Sad news has emerged regarding Empire actor Jussie Smollet. The actor was put in a hospital after a hate attack on him by white supremacists. Jussie Smollet is thankfully in a good condition now.
The attack took place in Chicago’s Loop Area at 2 a.m. last night. Two white men shouted racial and homophobic slurs at Smollet when he was departing from the Subway and threw bleach on him. The assailants wrapped a noose around his neck before running away.
The Chicago Police Department has released this statement:
“Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime.”
Later, TMZ confirmed that the Jussie Smollet was in fact specifically targeted by his attackers. Reports say that these were the slurs they shouted when attacking the Empire actor.
aren’t you that f***** Empire n*****?,”….this is MAGA country!
Jussie Smollet has been openly gay for a long time LGBTQ community adores him for being proud of his identity.
“This is MAGA country” is a direct reference to Donald Trump’s election campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”. Conservatives are in support of Donald Trump, and some of them use his presidency as an excuse to freely commit hate crimes against people of color and people with different sexual orientations.
People are Blaming Donald Trump for Hate Crime Against Jussie Smollet
Consequently, many critics of Trump’s government took to Twitter to voice their grief and disgust at this heartbreaking hate attack.
The hate crime on Jussie Smollett is not an isolated event. Hate crimes against LGBTQ people increased 17% in 2017 according to the FBI's recent report. 2018's stats will be worse.
This is what the Trump-Pence White House has enabled through their hateful rhetoric and actions.
— Charlotte Clymer?️? (@cmclymer) January 29, 2019
People in MAGA hats recognized and then beat and poured bleach on Jussie Smollett, calling him that “faggot” from Empire.
Anyone who thinks supporting You Know Who isn’t tantamount to providing artillery for weaponized bigotry needs to take a hard look in the mirror.
— Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) January 29, 2019
Jussie Smollett being attacked should be a very public reminder of what adversity and hardships non famous, gay/queer people of color face daily. The fact that the terrorists that attacked him shouted “This is MAGA country.” Is ABSOLUTELY something the President should address.
— Angela Rockstar (@Mrs_ARockstar) January 29, 2019
This Jussie Smollett news is heartbreaking. The MAGA element to this unsurprising. Red Hat Wearers are a threat to black LGBTQ people all over this country.
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) January 29, 2019
Dear Media: I'm a lawyer who has published peer reviewed scholarship on America's history of racism & white supremacy.
When people attack Jussie Smollett, drop the N-word, tie a noose around his neck, & pour chemicals on him while yelling MAGA—don't mince words.
Call It Racism. https://t.co/jyNTgpsAm4
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) January 29, 2019
I am so angry, sickened and heartbroken for Jussie Smollett. What happened to him was an act of terrorism. 'MAGA' is the new sick battle cry of POS, trump-supporting, coward, fuckers.
— Zaphie ? (@milehiartist) January 29, 2019
Trump and his supporters are the threat to what used to be a United states. Impeachment a must!
— Rick Blessinger (@BlessingerRick) January 29, 2019
The terrorists aren’t coming from across the border @realdonaldtrump They’re your racist homophobic #MAGA supporters right here in our own country. Thoughts and justice to Jussie Smollett. https://t.co/He6KafKovO
— Kelly Mantle (@thekellymantle) January 29, 2019
Listen, when a black man is chased in the streets by 2 masked men who then try to lynch him while yelling “MAGA,” it’s terrorism. These are the radicals that Donald Trump has embolden. Prayers & justice for Jussie Smollett.
— Simar Ahluwalia (@sahluwal) January 29, 2019
Let’s see if the president of the United States takes this as a opportunity to show support for African-Americans and the LGBTQ community or not.
We hope that Jussie Smollet recovers well and faces no attacks in the future.
Here are some helpful LGBTQ organizations that you can use to protect yourself if you’re a member of the LGBTQ community and some organizations that help African-Americans in USA. There’s also a helpful blog that tells you how to protect yourself from cyber bullying.