In an attempt to direct attention from the recent evidence that suggests Jussie Smollett staged an attack on himself, Washington Post writer Nana Efua Mumford tries to paint a picture that Chicago is a very racist place and that she needs “this story to be true.”
The story that “needs to be true” is the story Smollett gave where he claims he was the victim of two Trump supporters who attacked him with a noose and bleach while screaming racist and homophobic slurs.
Mumford talks up Smollett and praises him for his past.
But even before these latest details emerged, when I first heard of the attack on Smollett, I had to pause. On “Empire,” Jamal Lyon came out as gay in front of his homophobic, abusive father; took a bullet for that same father and overcame an addiction to pain pills.
Mumford’s attempt at talking up Smollett is questionable especially after the recently released evidence suggests the “attack” was staged by Smollett himself.
Almost immediately, I had a terrible feeling that I was victim blaming, or worse, that I am so brainwashed that I no longer can hear cries of hurt and outrage from my own black community. It was a horrifying feeling that I am still trying to work through almost three weeks later.
Brainwashed? The little voice in the back of Mumford’s head that she thinks is “brainwashing” her is her common sense telling her Smollett’s bogus story is completely made up.
If Smollett’s story is found to be untrue, it will cause irreparable damage to the communities most affected. Smollett would be the first example skeptics cite when they say we should be dubious of victims who step forward to share their experiences of racist hate crimes or sexual violence. The incident would be touted as proof that there is a leftist conspiracy to cast Trump supporters as violent, murderous racists. It would be the very embodiment of “fake news.”
Mumford basically admits that she wants the story to be true because she doesn’t want Trump supporters to be able to call it “fake news.” She doesn’t want the truth to be exposed because it will confirm the fact that the Left is constantly promoting lies to make President Trump and his supporters look bad.
And that reason, more than any other, is why I need this story to be true, despite its ugliness and despite what it would say about the danger of the world I live in. The damage done would be too deep and long-lasting. This could be one tragedy that the Lyon family — and more importantly, the ordinary people who loved the show and invested in Smollett and his character — could never overcome.
Instead of writing an article that called out Jussie Smollett for staging an attack, the Washington Post is more concerned about “hoping” Smollett’s story is true because they don’t want Trump supporters to have the satisfaction of being “right.”
President Trump doesn’t call them “fake news” for nothing!
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