Heartbroken

Twitter responds to the attempted lynching of Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett against a grey background

On the eve of Black History Month, Jussie Smollett survived what can only be described as an attempted lynching at the hands of two white men.

The attack happened in Chicago at around 2AM on Tuesday morning. According to sources, Smollett went into a sandwich shop for a bite to eat when one of the two men, who are being described as white and wearing ski masks, shouted, “Aren’t you that f*ggot ‘Empire’ n*gger?”

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The men pounced on Smollett, beating him so badly that they fractured one of his ribs. After pinning him down, they put a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and shouted “This is MAGA country!” before fleeing the scene.

Smollett was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and later released. The Chicago Police Department are now investigating.

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According to the FBI, hate crimes against LGBTQ people increased by an alarming 17% in 2017.

The response to the Smollet’s attack has been a mix of shock, sadness, heartbreak, and outrage.

Here’s what people on Twitter are saying…