The victim who deserves dignity and respect?

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What a farce. Jussie Smollett, the Empire actor who staged his own ‘homophobic and racist’ hate crime by falsely accusing MAGA hat wearing whites in ski masks, has had all 16 felony charges dropped. The state attorney’s office said that his volunteer service in the community and willingness to forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city was behind the decision.

Smollett’s lawyer said,

This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion…That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result…Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career.”

A victim? Dignity? Respect? Perhaps if Jussie believed in extolling those same virtues he wouldn’t have wound up in court.

Let’s see how quickly Hollywood and the left re-embrace him as a champion of human rights. Afterall he’s not guilty. He was pushed into this and attacks of the kind Smollett faked continue to surge. How inconvenient that the FBI reports anti-Black hate crimes have more than halved since 1996. Anti-LGBT hate crimes in absolute terms have fallen from a peak of 1,439 cases in 1998 to 1,130 in 2017.

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