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Faking an Attack: How Playing the Victim Hurts Real Victims

March 1, 2019

As despicable as it is to physically and verbally attack someone based on prejudice, it’s equally as despicable to stage a hate crime against yourself to make it seem like you were attacked.It’s not certain yet, but Jussie Smollett is now the prime suspect in his own attack, which occurred on Jan. 29. CNN says that it’s possible that he hired two brothers, from the show “Empire,” to stage the attack. The two men, who are also black, were originally the main suspects until they confessed to being paid by Smollett.If it turns out that Smollett truly did fake the attack, I will be extremely disappointed. As someone who is both black and gay, he should understand the damage that he’s causing to actual victims of hate crimes. When people lie about serious things like this, it immediately directs doubt toward future victims who will speak up about a crime actually committed against them. It will make many people think twice about believing a victim and might automatically cause people to outright accuse the victim of lying for attention or other selfish reasons.According to CNN, Smollett was unhappy with the salary he was making on “Empire” and that’s why he staged the attack. This is such an awful, harmful way to try to increase his salary. It’s a crime to file a false report, so if he’s convicted, he could spend 1-3 years in jail, and it costs money to send out investigators to catch the culprits. That money, if it’s proven that Smollett planned the whole thing, will have been entirely wasted.He potentially caused such an inconvenience to the police department and gave a bad name to any future victims of violence and hate crimes. I sincerely hope that Jussie Smollett didn’t actually stage his own attack, but unfortunately, it’s not looking like that will be the case.

Striving for change and progress while dragging the past along behind us

By Jayda Ragas

February 7, 2019

If we think about how we’ve changed as a society, we see how far we’ve come regarding race and sexual orientation. Black people are no longer slaves and they receive the same rights as every human of any race and are no l...

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