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?”
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.
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…
WE LOVE YOU, @JussieSmollett ! ! !
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) January 29, 2019
Sending my love and prayers to you @JussieSmollett . This is unacceptable and they will be brought to justice.
Just heard that Jussie Smollet was brutally assaulted in a racist, homophobic hate crime.
This is awful. https://t.co/rSw9G5zIHH
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 29, 2019
The hate crime on Jussie Smollett is not an isolated event. Hate crimes against LGBTQ people increased 17% in 2017 according to the FBI’s recent report. 2018’s stats will be worse.
This is what the Trump-Pence White House has enabled through their hateful rhetoric and actions.
— Charlotte Clymer???? (@cmclymer) January 29, 2019
Horrific. Reflective of the surge in racist & homophobic hate crimes since the election of Donald Trump, & emboldening of supremacists.
‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Assaulted in Chicago in Suspected Hate Crime https://t.co/tJpbUIV90m
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) January 29, 2019
.@JussieSmollett is one of the fiercest people I know. This hatred won’t stop his championing for a better world. If anything, it will probably motivate him more. It has me.
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) January 29, 2019
Oh hell no. Folks, this must stop.
Praying for my friend and brother.
‘Empire’ star hospitalized after possible hate crime in Chicago https://t.co/fTonOTHURo
.@JussieSmollett we love you.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) January 29, 2019
They tried to lynch Jussie Smollett.
These 2 men reportedly hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him before beating him, yelling “This is MAGA country” as they left.
Will we hear the president condemn this hate crime committed by his supporters?
This is America in 2019. https://t.co/DgAnWWsOzC
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) January 29, 2019
I am sick to my stomach over the news of a violent attack on @JussieSmollett. I’m so glad you are safe, my friend. All of us at @HRC wish you a quick recovery. Law enforcement MUST act quickly & thoroughly given the horrific racist/homophobic details described in news reports.
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) January 29, 2019
I saw Jussie Smollett in Miami last week. I can’t believe this happened. It is sad and disgusting and and deplorable. “Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Beaten in Homophobic Attack By MAGA Supporters | https://t.co/zeQp9uV2ix https://t.co/o2QFUug5it
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) January 29, 2019
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) January 29, 2019
I can’t believe someone really attacked Jussie SMOLLETT
I’m so fucking angry I could cry
And I only get like this when I wanna fight.
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 29, 2019
This is horrific. What kind of country do we live in. https://t.co/unvzWmo6XD
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 29, 2019
The attack on Jussie Smollett was allegedly by MAGA white supremacists. This is exactly why we need to be defending ALL Black people.
These people don’t care if you’re a woman, LGBTQ, or heterosexual. They want us dead. We can’t let anyone force us against ourselves.
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 29, 2019
Sending love to Jussie and his loved ones. ??
The hate that fuels white supremacy is the same hate that fuels homophobia. A conscientious society realizes it’s at war with both. https://t.co/hXo56SRDYj
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) January 29, 2019