Let’s talk about Jussie Smollett and the mess that is the reporting of the racist and homophobic attack in January.
When reports of the attack happened with Smollett ending up in hospital, many celebrities and the LGBTQI+ community showed their support for the Empire actor on social media.
As the weeks went on, however, the story took a turn for the weird after the Chicago police department started investigating the incident. Unnamed sources claimed the attack was staged.
Another source claimed that Smollett sent himself the letter that said: “You will die black f*g”. The FBI later stated that they couldn’t confirm nor deny that he sent it to himself, but the Chicago police claimed that Smollett staged the attack to up his Empire fee.
It hits close to home, being a queer person of colour myself. As the news developed I grew more and more frustrated with the carelessness with which misinformation was being distributed. When it comes to hate crimes, black people in America are always targeted, not to mention homophobia on top of that.