Just when you think the world is getting back on track, something absolutely unjust and hateful comes along to make us question exactly what the world has come to.
On Monday, actor Jussie Smollett was attacked by two assailants in Chicago.
According to CNN, Smollett was walking on E. North Lower Water Street when two men approached Smollett and began yelling homophobic slurs at him before hitting him, pouring an unknown chemical substance on him and wrapping a rope around Smollett’s neck before fleeing the scene.
Smollett transported himself to Northwestern Hospital and is currently in good condition.
As of Wednesday, The Chicago Police Department tweeted that they found a surveillance camera that shows “potential persons of interest wanted for questioning.”
Many are outraged by the attack, as they appropriately should be, with many dubbing the attack as a modern-day lynching.
Smollett stars on the TV show “Empire.” Creator Lee Daniels took to Instagram to share an emotional video stating, “We are better than that.
America is better than that. It starts at home. We have to love each other, no matter what sexual orientation we are, because it shows that we are united on an united front and no racist f— can come in and do the things that they did to you.”
While Chicago police are continuing their investigation, we need to reflect on ourselves.
A simple search under the header “hate crime” on AP brings up several stories of hate crimes in January alone such as a fatal shooting of two black men at a Kroger in Louisville, Kentucky, an assault of a lesbian couple at a football game, religiously affiliated charges and more.
It is 2019, there is no more room for racism and homophobia in our society. Smollett’s assault has been the most vocal due to his celebrity status, but it should also be seen as an eye-opener to the amount of hate crimes taking place on a daily basis.
We should focus on promoting a better world for us to live in that is filled with respect, love and understanding. We need to take the time to get to know one another and what we stand for without viewing love and respect as a cliché concept, because it’s not, it’s basic decency.
We have all heard the term “love thy neighbor as thy self,” but we stopped listening to it years ago. There’s a plethora of beauty happening in this world that is overshadowed on what a person’s sexual orientation, race or religion is and it’s not important.
People are people and they’re going to be good or bad. Instead of supplying a platform for the bad people promoting hate crimes, assaults, homophobia, sexism, misogyny and more, give voice to the good doers, the one’s making a difference in this world.
Let us be the people who never let what happened to Smollett, happen again.