Jussie Smollett has given his first statement following his violent, hatefully motivated attack earlier in the week by two men who beat him, poured bleach on him, and put a rope around his neck. The man then yelled slurs and “MAGA” at him then ran off. The attack has brought to light the continuing rise of hate crimes in our current culture, and the dangers a black and gay man faces in the world. Jussie Smollett’s family issued a statement yesterday, and Smollett issued a statement to Essence.com, saying:
“Let me start by saying that I’m OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words. I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served. ”
“As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process. Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.”
“With Love, respect & honor…Jussie.”
Our thoughts are with Jussie Smollett and his family, and we hope that the attackers are brought swiftly to justice.
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