As has been reported, Jussie Smollett survived an attempted lynching at the hands of two white men.
It happened in Chicago on Tuesday morning at 2AM when Smollett went into a shop for a bite to eat. One of the two men, described as white and wearing ski masks, shouted,
“Aren’t you that faggot ‘Empire’ n*gger?”
They jumped Smollett, beat him fracturing his ribs. After pinning him to the ground, they put a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and shouted,
“This is MAGA country!”
They then fled.
Smollett was was treated and later released at a local hospital. The Chicago Police Department is investigating. The FBI reports hate crimes against LGBTQ people increased by an alarming 17% in 2017.
On Twitter, the response to the Smollet’s attack has been an outpouring of love, support and outrage.
Echoing George Takei, I also wonder, what kind of country DO we live in?
It’s NOT MAGA country.
(Photo, Avalon; via Queerty)