The oft-mocked and parodied actor Jussie Smollett is heading to the clink after being sentenced for orchestrating one of history’s most notorious (and hilarious) hate crime hoaxes. The Empire and Alien Covenant star initially made headlines in January of 2019 for all the wrong reasons, in an attempt to gain more sympathy and clout to boost his career prospects.

Source: ABC News Jussie Smollett interview

To recap, Smollett claimed that he had been assaulted by two white men wearing MAGA hats while soldiering bravely through a brutal polar vortex at around 2AM, in order to procure a Subway sandwich for himself. He alleged that the two perps threw a noose around his neck and shouted racial slurs at him, while dousing him with bleach.

Almost immediately, Chicago police suspected that Smollett had fabricated the entire thing, and indeed, that’s what happened. It turns out the “assailants” were two Nigerian brothers who were caught on camera purchasing the aforementioned items used in the faux hate crime, while Smollett ran them through a rehearsal of the attack in preparation for the main event.

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Naturally, the news of such an attack made international headlines courtesy of the mainstream media, which are keen to pounce on every story that fits a particular narrative, facts be damned. Every Leftist media outlet ran the story as fact within a matter of hours, and propped up the narrative as an example of rampant white supremacy and systemic racism in American culture.

And it was all baloney. 

Source: Jussie Smollett Trial, CNBC, YouTube

The real meat and potatoes of the case doesn’t revolve around the hoax itself, but rather the institutions, organizations, and key players who were activated to rush to Smollett’s defense. It’s worth recapping a series of events that took place during the initial investigation, and the steps taken by nefarious bad actors to eighty-six the entire thing.

1) After Smollett was charged with a grand total of 16 felony counts on March 8th, 2019, an attorney by the name of Tina Tchen stepped in and contacted State Attorney Kim Foxx, asking her to hand the investigation over to the FBI, who refused. Tchen, for her part, was former chief of staff for the Obama administration.

She was later appointed as CEO of Time’s Up, an activist organization reported to raise money to support victims of sexual assault. In an ironic twist of fate, Tchen was forced to resign after it was discovered that she was working hand-in-hand with disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to smear and discredit his first accuser. 

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2) On March 26th, 2019, the charges against Smollett were dropped, and a Judge ordered the case sealed. According to reports, Smollett would instead commit himself to a scant 16 hours of community service, and forfeit his $10,000 bail. Needless to say, outrage ensued, and the Streisand Effect was in full swing.

3) In April of 2019, extreme-radical Left mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot openly said that the case against Smollett “doesn’t rank as a matter of any importance to me.” Lightfoot would later go on to become one of the country’s most virulent and vocal proponents of overt racism, discrimination and corruption. 

These three takeaways are of special note, as it clearly demonstrates a level of political hypocrisy that has since been dragged out into the spotlight for everyone to see. It showed America that you can perpetrate a hate crime hoax and get away with it, provided you happen to vote Democrat, and espouse radical Left orthodoxy – particularly Critical Race Theory.

Source: Empire Season 2 Episode 2 “Without a Country” (2015), Fox

The good news, of course, is that Jussie Smollett’s real attacker has been found, tried and sent to prison. Yes, it’s a running joke, but one this writer is all-too-happy to steal for the sake of just desserts. However, it’s important to remember that Smollett was little more than a bit player in a much larger, and far more insidious conspiracy.

And let’s not forget, this is nothing new. We live in an age when the political Left and the overwhelming majority of celebrities take every sensational headline at face value, only to play dumb when the truth is revealed. My personal recommendation to friends and family over the last few years has been “wait for the facts to come out.”

Archive Link Source: Kathy Griffin Twitter

I said “wait for the facts to come out” when the Covington Catholic School kids were railroaded by the media as MAGA-hat wearing racist Hitler-esque youths. I said “wait for the facts to come out” regarding the George Floyd case, only to see police bodycam footage released shortly after, which painted a very different story.

I said “wait for the facts to come out” regarding everything from the Breonna Taylor shooting, to Donald Trump’s supposed Russian collusion, to the Jacob Blake debacle, to reports that police officers were murdered on January 6th… all of which were light years away from official media and Democratic Party narratives.

The timing of Jussie Smollett’s sentencing couldn’t have been better – or worse – given a particularly disturbing, yet altogether predictable report coming out of the State of Florida. Apparently, an actual, real hate crime just took place that targeted white middle-school students.

Source: State of Florida, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

According to Broward County authorities, four white students were attacked by five non-white students shouting “Brown power!” along with “You are white!” and “It’s opposite day!” The students have been arrested and charged with a hate crime, according to a “with prejudice” police report modifier, which makes it a felony charge in the state of Florida.

Don’t expect this to make front page news on any Leftist media outlet like CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, NPR, the New York Times, etc., etc., and so on, and so forth. 

Source: Glenn Youngkin, WSLS 10

How ironic, given the current nation-wide discussion over the indoctrination of school children by Left-wing political activists masquerading as teachers, pushing Critical Race Theory, radical gender theory, and full-blown pornography as part of the curriculum. The pulling back of this particular curtain allowed Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin to win his Governor’s race in Virginia.

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Speaking of Virginia, a new story is emerging out of Fairfax County, where school board members fled their own meeting following accusations of racism levied against them by Asian parents. The heated exchange was sparked by the school board’s attempts to push Asian students out of math and science, which is a shot-for-shot parallel of the racial discrimination that took place within Leftist-dominated Harvard University.

Source: Everything’s Gonna Be All White, Showtime, YouTube Trailer

Once again, those purporting to fight against racial injustice are the ones who are causing it. The Left continue to deny that Critical Race Theory is being taught in schools, while simultaneously getting angry whenever parents and authorities try to stop it.

The predictable result of CRT on the minds of young children is now being felt in the open. Kids are being taught specifically how to hate and discriminate against one another, based on nothing but the color of their skin, as opposed to the content of their character. Impressionable minds fall victim to Machiavellian evildoers with startling ease.

Source: Cory Booker’s Twitter page

Expect reports like these to galvanize parents from both sides of the political aisle to take the fight to the Left, and win. In the case of Jussie Smollett, the cup has already runneth over into the pop culture sphere, and drawn further attention to the hypocrisy and double-standards employed by the establishment Left.

This writer predicted that 2022 would be the year where a spectacular cultural pendulum shift took place, and it seems to be heating up. Expect the pressure to mount to the point where corporate America is forced to stare down the barrel of its own self-destruction, and choose whether to course correct, or hold the line.

Source: Fox News, YouTube

It doesn’t help when political elites on the Left are looking down their noses at everyone and telling them to “buy a Tesla” at a time when the inflation rate just hit 7.9%. Nor does it help when deranged racists like Joy Reid suggest that the world is only concerned about Ukraine because it’s a “white country.” 

As the Left continue to alienate everyone who isn’t them, it’s important for us to identify our enemy, and give them no quarter. The Jussie Smolletts of the world want the racism; they need the racism, and their objectives aren’t noble. When they make excuses for their behavior by saying they simply wanted to draw attention to the problem of racism in society, they are lying.

The truth of the matter is that demand for racism in America far exceeds all available supply. The Left’s attempts to market themselves as champions of racial justice and equality are the ones actively undermining both, on purpose, for the sake of equity, which is not the same thing. In this case, the left hand doesn’t want the right hand to know what it’s doing, pun intended.

Source: Jussie Smollett Sentencing, USA Today, YouTube

When all is said and done, Smollett will serve 150 days in jail with 30 days probation, and pay a series of fines, which, quite frankly, aren’t punishment enough. The entire sentencing feels like it was orchestrated in order to hold Smollett accountable, without appearing too harsh so as to spark yet another worn-out race debate.

Remember, they wanted to lock up Kyle Rittenhouse for the rest of his life, simply for defending himself against bloodthirsty maniacs (who were white) with rap sheets including pedophilia and assault. Foolish celebrities like Mark Ruffalo expressed solidarity with these people, while demonizing Rittenhouse, and pushing open, overt lies.

Source: PBS, YouTube

If there’s a silver lining to this whole dark cloud, it’s that Jussie Smollett managed to accomplish the same thing that Covid-19 did when it came to public education – it yanked the curtain back, exposed the charlatans running the operation, and opened the floodgates for an entirely new set of conversations that America should have had a decade ago. 

The battle to expose, shame, and force the radical Left to retreat into the dark crevices of society continues apace, and we all need to fight it, regardless of our political stance. Those who perpetrate both hate crimes, and hate crime hoaxes should be thoroughly and harshly punished, regardless of their skin color, economic status, or which name they checked off on an election ballot.

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    Slade Hale
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    Slade has been writing for some of the most prolific pop culture publications since the mid-90s, including GamePro, CinemaBlend, ScreenRant, and more. Currently writing his first book about the infantile nature of Wokeism and its damaging integration with the pop culture sphere.

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