NYT OP-ED: Jussie Smollett and a Perfect Crime

February 19th, 2019 | Posted in News

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By: Noah Rothman
Author of “Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America.

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The details of the Jan. 29 attack on the “Empire” star Jussie Smollett were horrifying. While returning to his Chicago home around 2 a.m., the actor said, he was beaten and doused with bleach. His assailants tied a noose around his neck and shouted racial and homophobic slurs. “This is MAGA country,” Mr. Smollett said the attackers yelled.

These details also strained credulity from the very start. There was the idea that downtown Chicago was Trump country. Then that Mr. Smollett reportedly hung onto the Subway sandwich he picked up before the attack. The rope his attackers placed around his neck remained there even when he arrived in the lobby of his building. His assailants were roaming the streets for high-profile targets at 2 a.m. during a historic cold front. And Mr. Smollett reportedly refused to cooperate with law enforcement officials by withholding evidence from the police.

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