Justice for Jussie, Chicago Style [OPINION]
Jussie Smollett has a clean rap sheet today. It cost him $10,000 in forfeited bail and two days of community service with Jessie Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition, but his debt to society has been paid. Not only that, Jussie was able to conduct a news conference during which he was able to rub everyone's nose in it.
Jussie Smollett was given a gift that most of us could never get. As I write this, it appears as though Smollett may have walked with the help of Michelle Obama's former chief of staff and Kamala Harris protege, Attorney Tina Tchen, who according to multiple media reports texted State's Attorney Kim Foxx, a Democrat, on Smollett's behalf. Pays to have friends in high places.
Chicago Police were dumbfounded by Foxx's decision to drop all 16 counts against Smollett in a case they say was easily provable. Smollett, who is African-American and gay, was charged with staging a fake hate crime by falsely claiming he was attacked by two white guys who, among other things yelled "this is MAGA country." Didn't happen, say police.
I guess being traumatized by two imagined white Trump supporters is enough punishment for anyone. For Jussie, at least. Good luck to the real victims of hate crimes in being taken seriously in the future after this fiasco.
The Smollett charges were dropped on the same day that likely Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden was on the stump lamenting the evils of white privilege. There is no white privilege, Joe. The privileged are the ones with money and connections. Doesn't matter what color your skin.
Ironically, this happened also on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Roseanne reboot. Remember, Roseanne was exiled for making a not-so-funny joke about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Roseanne has money but not the connections because she backs Trump. Get it now? Roseanne is also a Jew and Jews aren't in favor with mainstream Democrat policies these days.
Chicago Mayor Rham Emanuel was correct to call this "a whitewash of justice."
There needs to be a thorough and immediate investigation into why Foxx dropped the charges against Smollett and whether any outside forces might have influenced her decision. In addition, federal authorities need to consider charging Smollett with using the U.S. Postal Service to mail a fake threatening letter to himself as part of this rouse.
The American people must know that the justice system is fair and equal for all regardless of your income or your political connections. Justice certainly was not served in the case of Jussie Smollett.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.