Jussie Smollett’s case has taken many twists and turns and it has people questioning his story and whether he is a victim. The alleged attack on Smollett has been in the headlines since last week.
Smollett claimed that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack, but after learning certain details people have started refuting his claims. “We should all have the chance to speak out and really be vocal about the things we’ve gone through and not feel like…. it makes us feel less than,” said Rebecca Agbaje.
Agbaje says she thinks it’s difficult for people of color to come forward to report hate crimes because their credibility is often scrutinized more than others. “When it’s a black person, I think sometimes that loss of credibility could come from not only our community, but other people feeling as if ‘I don’t know if i can relate to you, so how will I be able to talk to you or share my experience with you,” Agbaje added.
LGBTQ+ rights activist Mike Mahler also commented on how Smollett’s situation may affect other people coming forward to report hate crimes. “When they don’t take these things seriously, they are not only going to dispute the facts of the case, but they are also making it more difficult for people that may be hesitant to step forward about their own experiences,” said Mahler.
Mahler added that he hopes people still come forward to report crimes despite how the public views smollett’s claims. “It is important to report when this happens even if it doesn’t seem significant,” said Mahler.
It’s being reported that as new information surfaces about smollett’s attack, the police are looking to re-question the actor.