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Jussie Smollett, Fake Hate Crimes, and Identity Politics

Feb 22, 2019

Lock him up for life. And while we are at it, lock up most of the lamestream media who ran with this story – they bought it hook, line and sinker, and did not question anything. Shame on them. They are complicit in this crime. They should stop pretending they are journalists.

I refer of course to Jussie Smollett and the MSM who put him on a pedestal. He was arrested on Thursday after all the evidence became overwhelming: he faked the whole thing. He has been released on a $100,000 bond, but incredibly, even though the gig is up, he is still claiming he is innocent.

Anyone with a brain and not a leftist journalist – but I repeat myself – knew this was bogus. Plenty of folks suspected his bizarre story about being bashed and lynched from day one. It was just as fake as leftist journalism. And sure enough, the whole thing has imploded on him big time – and on most of the MSM which fully colluded with him in this.

According to the police it turns out he staged this entire elaborate hoax because he wanted more money! Um, he makes $125,000 an episode of Empire. He does not need more money, but he does need some psychological and mental help – big time. And a good dose of jail time.

He is crying out for attention while also pushing extreme identity politics. Thankfully there is a lot of backlash to this guy and his lies and hypocrisy. The Black Chicago Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke said that all this was “utterly outrageous” and “despicable”.

And Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said this: “Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile?”

He wanted to be a hero – and how greater to be a hero than to have white, homophobic Trump supporters rough up a black homosexual? And complete with a noose, bleach and a MAGA hat! Hmm, pity he did such a lousy job of staging all this, complete with rehearsals and paying his buddies to rough him up – but not too much!

I just wrote a piece on identity politics, and this one sure takes the cake. This is a classic case of IP and one of the most recent and blatant. See here for my earlier piece: billmuehlenberg.com/2019/02/21/the-left-and-identity-politics/

And Muslims, homosexuals, Blacks and others have been staging fake hate crimes for years now. These hoaxes are becoming a daily affair. And with Trump in office they seem to be escalating. They have become normalised, and they are part and parcel of the toxic Trump-hating culture of the left.

It is an ideological war, and Trump and Trump supporters have become the perfect target to run with all these hoaxes and fabrications. Jayme Metzgar has just written on how these hoaxes are par for the course with leftist identity politics. Indeed, it has become a religion. She writes:

It’s through this lens that we should view the curious case of Jussie Smollett, who now appears to have faked a hate crime against himself, blaming it on faceless Trump supporters. We could also mention other recent viral “hate hoaxes”––the Covington Catholic debacle, the homophobic Whole Foods cake, and the too-readily-believed “racist restaurant patron” tales that plague the internet. These stories bear too many similarities to be seen simply as isolated attention-seeking.

Instead, this phenomenon has everything to do with a philosophy that has taken hold in the modern mind. Like Ananias and Sapphira before them, we should see these particular liars as early hypocrites in a new religion: the church of modern progressivism.

She continues:

Progressives decry the “privilege” and “power” of some identity groups over others, but the reality is that they don’t seek to abolish class struggle, but rather to wield it. Progressivism keeps us locked in an endless conflict, fighting to kill or be killed.

This is why progressives are so eager to make their fellow Americans into racists and bigots. Virtue is a zero-sum game; you can only gain yours if someone else loses his. If there isn’t anyone willing to oblige you by donning a MAGA hat and putting a rope around your neck, you’ll have to find other ways of getting on the right side of History. Demonizing people on social media tends to be one of the easier routes.

She concludes:

Fifty-five years ago, a Christian pastor stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered an iconic speech with the cadence of a sermon and a text soaked in Scripture. He called on America to keep its promise of freedom for all citizens, regardless of color or creed. He spoke of freedom for the oppressed, and of repentance and redemption for the oppressor. He spoke of unity among “all God’s children: black men and white men, Jew and Gentile, Protestant and Catholic.” Rather than envisioning a never-ending, zero sum struggle, he proclaimed a dream of brotherhood.

Dr. Martin Luther King had experienced far more racism, violence, injustice, and hatred than Smollett is likely to see in a lifetime. Nonetheless, he remains a model of virtue for us not because he was a victim, but because he drew on the teaching of his faith to overcome hatred with love. Brotherhood that transcends identity is a Christian idea. It is an American idea. We must reclaim it, or perish.
thefederalist.com/2019/02/20/hate-hoaxes-happen-religion-identity-politics/?fbclid=IwAR049iX4NpOo1Y5BzP6bpGWs2A5d21v9nw-IvQOXCXqiTs2F7KF3vUe8SqY

This entire case is the perfect snapshot of the secular left. Lie, make things up, create bogus hate crimes, outrage and victim status, and get the mainstream to fully run with it, without any journalistic integrity or rigour. Indeed, the media has been utterly appalling, fully swallowing this hoax and pushing it everywhere.

No investigations, no doubts or healthy suspicions until everything is verified. Just full-on support and endorsement of this moonbeam story. There most certainly is a swamp in need of draining, and the first port of call is the leftist MSM. They are a joke.

And even as I write this up, the leftists in the lamestream media are not offering apologies or a mea culpa, but are doubling down and making excuses, still trying to blame Trump and the right for all this. Fake hate crimes reported by the fake media – this is what we now have in abundance. Heaven help us.

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6 Responses to Jussie Smollett, Fake Hate Crimes, and Identity Politics

  • The Left are actually disappointed that this was not a real hate crime.
    They would prefer it really happened.
    Very Sad.

  • One WP writer even went so far as to say that it needed to be a hate crime because the alternative was worse – proof that there is indeed a leftist conspiracy to cast Trump supporters as violent, murderous racists and that fake news is real.

    Um … here’s the original reference: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/washington-post-explains-its-need-for-fake-news-like-smollett/news-story/f823b6ea8db83c1e4be2abc64360292d

    If the MSM would sooner believe and print regressive lies than admit the truth how can anything they say be trusted? Even after the lie was proven, Smollett supporters continue to push the regressive agenda. To date no apology to Trump or his supporters has been offered by anyone who jumped on the bandwagon to claim that Trump’s racism and his evil White supporters were responsible. The next time a genuine victim reports a crime, and the MSM report on it, who will believe the claim given the evident inversion of truth and lies?

  • This is what a real hate crime looks like: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5097475/Christian-man-23-defaced-George-Michael-mural.html

    I mean the government’s persecution of a good Christian boy for defending Jesus.

  • @Bill and some others. I live in the U.S and this is another weird case where i (like many others)believe there’s this strange war on white people.This fake hate crime was blasted by the MSM but just recently there was a white girl that got beaten by 5 black guys and nothing from the MSM and there’s alot of cases of black on white crimes that go unnoticed or ignored from the MSM and left.Not to mention whats happening in most white majority countries including Australia. I don’t get it, what have white people ever done to get hated by the left and MSM? Why does the left always call for diversity for white countries only and yet say don’t call for it in any non white countries? Its so weird.

  • #believeallmen, but only the black gay ones. With no actual trump-induced violence of any note, they have to resort to make stuff up. “Oh, but it could be happening somewhere, maybe. This will draw attention to it and increase social awareness of the underlying Trump problem” no doubt the thinking will go in the bird-brains of the leftists.

  • Great insight Mr M.

    A couple of things that I’m not sure you know about this case.

    1. When the police told Jussie Smollett they were holding two suspects in custody, what would have happened if the two they held hadn’t been “employees” of Jussie Smollett, but two white Christian men in the wrong place at the right time for Jussie Smollett?

    2. Did you know there was a bill in the American parliament (I know they do not have a parliament but I can’t remember what the American equivalent is called) that was on lynching, it was held up and had been for some time, but was past when the Jussie Smollett story broke. I bet that bill won’t be revoked now its all found out to be a hoax.

    The guy who reported on the connection between the hoax and the passage of the bill was Stefan Molyneux. If you type his name into YT he will pop up as he is popular. If you need me to locate it for you just say and I will drop the link on here.

    S. xx

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