Thursday, February 21, 2019


The invaluable John Kass, reminding us of how pursuing #Justice4Jussie leads to other injustices:
Something important has been lost in the embarrassing saga of Jussie Smollett, the tuna fish sandwich-loving actor and anti-Trump activist, and those muscular Nigerian brothers.

And I suppose it’s easy to lose what’s important with all the panic and intersectional hatred and liberal identity politics gone bad in this Smollett story.

What’s been lost is this:

I’m told that two dozen detectives were assigned to the Smollett case.
That's a lot of detectives. And while one can't be 100% sure that these detectives might have been assigned elsewhere had not the now-indicted Smollett decided to get himself some sweet stolen victim valor, the mismatch of resources has a cost beyond the waste of the investigation. Back to Kass:
A few weeks ago, after Smollett began telling his tale — in which he’s the hero fighting oppression and hatred — a 1-year-old child was shot in the head.

It looked like a street gang may have been targeting his mother. She’s been shot before. The child, Dejon Irving, is on life support.

I don’t think there were two dozen detectives assigned to Dejon Irving’s case. But he’s not a star to be used by politicians in pursuit of power. He’s not a symbol.

Politicians don’t tweet his name. He’s just a little boy from Chicago, shot in the head.
What happened to Dejon Irving is real. We don't talk about what's real these days.


Bike Bubba said...

It strikes me that after paying for the time and resources expended on his fraud, part of Smollett's sentence ought to be to apologize in person to people like Dejon Irving and his mother for drawing resources away from that case.

I am, however, anticipating a mental illness defense, because the evidence I see suggests Smollett wasn't expecting anyone to actually investigate. The voices on the phone would have the intonations of black men from Nigeria, the pictures on the street would be of black men from Nigeria, the other messages on his phone would show the payoffs to those men and contact with them (and possibly more). It's insanely stupid on his part, which suggests the defense.

And I wonder what else we'd find on his phone if we looked.

Gino said...

i'm getting tired of 'White Men' being blamed for everything... i'm not alone, either.
this bullshit needs to stop.