'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Was The Victim Of A Hate Crime

'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Was The Victim Of A Hate Crime

This is why I have no respect for "Trump's America"


When TMZ first broke the story of the assault Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the show "Empire", suffered, I was filled with so much rage I could hardly think well enough to continue reading about what happened.

Then, I was filled with such deep sadness that I had to avoid all social media for a while because the news was everywhere I looked, with different celebrities, activists, and friends of mine all posting their condolences and thoughts about the situation. But finally, I gathered myself, and here is my article detailing my thoughts about what has happened.

For those who haven't heard the news, Jussie Smollett was assaulted on Tuesday by a group of people who, according to the sources, called him the f-slur and the n-word, beat him, put a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and, according to Jussie's police report, yelled "This is MAGA country" as they ran off after they were done.

First and foremost, I want to send my love to Jussie and everyone in his life, and to wish him a speedy recovery. Next, I want to make sure everyone is aware of just how horrid this attack was.

This was not just because Jussie is Black, this was not just because Jussie is gay, this is because of the intersection of his Blackness and his sexual orientation. When thinking about the attack, these identities must not be separated, they are both integral parts of Jussie's life and their overlapping is the primary motivation for his attack.

This was not just an assault, this was a racist and homophobic assault, it was a hate crime. The perpetrators of this attack yelled homophobic and racist slurs at Jussie, there is no question about their motivations.

Even if someone were to call their language fabricated, their actions (the noose and bleach, especially) just further solidify that there was no non-bigoted reason for them to do what they did.

Even if they hadn't explicitly shouted their loyalty for our president, there is no doubt in my mind that Trump being in office helped to motivate the attack. According to the FBI, hate crimes rose in a rapid rate the day after Trump was elected, and have continued to rise since then.

This is likely due to Trump's hateful rhetoric. From even before he ever ran for president, to his time spent in office, Donald Trump has been both implicitly and explicitly racist, homophobic, sexist, and outright hateful.

It has never been more dangerous to be a Black gay man in the 21st century than it is right now, and this assault goes to show that even fame will not protect people from the horrors of the bigotry in this nation today.

Taking someone like Donald Trump and electing him as the leader of our country has not helped to make the lives of any marginalized peoples or minorities any easier, and has only proven to make their lives more and more dangerous as time goes on.

If Jussie's attackers explicitly said "MAGA country," then this is an even bigger problem than it has ever been before, because it shows that people are using the President of the United States as motivation and justification for hate crimes. If the leader of our nation can be used as a scapegoat to excuse people of violent bigotry, what does that say about the country that elected him?

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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Kim Kardashian West: Attorney At Law

People are underestimating her, much like how Warner Huntington III underestimated Elle Woods.


If you've been paying attention to social media, then you may have noticed the little announcement that Kim Kardashian West is participating in a 4-year law apprenticeship with the intention of taking and passing the bar by the end of it. Yes, you heard that right. THE Kim Kardashian. Armenian bombshell, reality show star, businesswoman, and most importantly, the most famous crying meme you'll ever see around.

I'll be honest with you, I don't particularly like the Kardashians. I used to watch their show religiously, but then they got super into promoting appetite suppressants and waist trainers in their social media and I wasn't about that unhealthy body-image life and I stopped following them. However, I do have a certain level of respect for her and how good of a businesswoman she is, because as much as people hate her, they can't deny that she has an empire built around her, no matter how superficial and expensive it is.

Beyond all of that, a lot of my respect for her comes from her and her husband Kanye being loud and unsubdued voices on Criminal Justice Reform. Many people have heard about Kanye's unabashed support of Donald Trump, but putting those feeling aside (however hard they may be), much of what Kanye has done by schmoozing up to Trump, is bring attention to the bigger picture of our broken justice system.

Back to Kim, in May of 2018, she went to the White House and spoke to Trump about prison reform as well as the possibility of pardoning Alice Marie Johnson. One week after her talk with Trump, Johnson was pardoned from a life sentence and was set to be released from prison after serving about two decades for a first-time drug offense. It was this instance that really drew Kim towards law.

This past week, Kim announced that she was going to become a lawyer and since then I've heard many jokes and comments about her and these particular ambitions. These comments mostly come from people who are not of color. These comments come from people who don't understand the hardships that this justice system imparts disproportionately against people of color. These comments come from ignorant people, but I get it. I was taken aback by it too. However, she is using her money, name, and fame to do some really necessary good in this world and for that I applaud her.

So join me in welcoming and wishing her the best at using her fame for something good. Kim Kardashian West, Criminal Justice Advocate and Lawyer.

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