Regardless of the outcome of the case that’s seizing the nation about the alleged attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett, that was rightfully categorized as a hate crime, when the details of the harrowing encounter based on his testimony were made public — you have to at least try to hold on to some shred of evidence that verifies your humanness.
From the jump, it’s been clear that “unnamed police sources” have been working overtime to sharply shift the narrative in ways that have initiated the preferred national vilification of the young Black gay man, who won the hearts of notable supporters soon after the “breaking news” confirmed his unfortunate plight.
From Democratic presidential hopefuls like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker to Empire co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, and other empathetic celebs who tweeted their heartbreak over the harmful consequences of this intensely hostile climate— the immediate need of sobered individuals was to insulate the battered temperament of a bruised soul.
As a a writer, who is driven to utilize Medium’s blogging platform as the one-woman show, that showcases my summations of activated events, as close to real time as I can muster; there was no way I could remain silent about something that gave me chills, as I imagined the brutal beat down that was carried out in the ungodly hours of the morning, on a dimly-lit Chicago street.
Major news outlets were eager to lead the ceremonial ritual of striking back at #MAGA followers and their nefarious leader, who won the presidency because of his eagerness to advance agenda of White nationalism, at the expense of the privileged security of Black and Brown Americans, Muslim-Americans and Brown migrants.
And now that we’re consistently fed the tit-bits from frantically-updated newsfeeds, that display the tainted morsels that “unnamed sources” are depositing with arranged candor to disrupt the flow of this mind-boggling event, that has evolved into a nail-biting episode of Law & Order: SVU — the general reception is hosting a landscape of mood swings.
While some of us are trying very hard to maintain the sanity that allows the ability to internalize without digesting, others are convinced that Jussie Smollett is the sick fuck who outrightly faked his attack, without considering how his actions could exacerbate the crisis that members of his community will endure when the manifestations of this tragedy are activated.
And then we have the fuckers, who are elated at the recent turn of events, that blessedly give conservatives the upper hand, as they drip with joy from the recent validation from the blackface fiasco, that saw Democratic politicians succumbing to the symptoms of overt hypocrisy in the realm of historically bigoted practices.
If Jussie Smollett is indeed lying about being the victim of #MAGA swearing bandits, who specifically targeted him because of the color of his skin and sexual orientation — are we to assume that this revelation gives Trump’s America extra points, that deprives the other side of enjoying the victory of a hate crime that never happened?
Why would anyone delight in the win of a hate crime for the pleasure of shaming Trump supporters with the physical evidence of the graphic violence that’s being encouraged by their supreme leader?
Why is it acceptable to bargain with the fragility of a human life by keeping track of how many times the story changes, and using that as the perfect counter to the pathetic desperation of liberals, who are panting for the reassurance of how members of their base are being disproportionately victimized by the bullish tendencies of their over-zealous competitors?
If the worst happens, and the awful speculations end up being true, there will be no winners or losers.
It will be an earth-shattering and profoundly sad development, that should make us all pause and wonder about the roles we each play in this dysfunctional adherence to the culture of influence and validation, and why it’s rapidly dissolving our best characteristics without a trace.
Hate crimes are real life catastrophes that target members of communities that have been set up for clear and present danger by well-positioned organizations like the GOP, and the devilish evangelicals, who helped propel the mission statement that God ordained, when he allegedly handed them Donald Trump on a golden platter.
We embraced Jussie Smollett because of the realness of what he attested to, and how it didn’t matter if it was 2019 or 1999 because what may or may not have happened to him, has been happening, and will continue to happen, long after this maddening chapter ends.
There was never victory.
Only the confirmation of what we’ve lost as humans.