Yesterday (March 26), all charges related to Jussie Smollett allegedly lying to Chicago police about an alleged attack he endured at the hands of Donald Trump supporters were dropped.
The news created a firestorm of reaction on Twitter. Reasonable folk saw this as a surprise, particularly because it’s actually rare for a person of color to be vindicated of any alleged crime or false accusation. The most trash takes, however, came from people calling the situation an example of “Black privilege.”
No, these MAGA bots aren’t talking about Charlamagne Tha God’s book of the same title. They actually believe the Empire actor got off because he’s Black. If you’re scratching your head going, “wayment,” you’re not alone.
A charged example of this came from some “Christian conservative writer” and “Yankees fan” named Carmine Sabia, who brought forth the hot garbage that is this take, tweeting, “If Jussie Smollett was white and fabricated a hate crime against fake black people in Chicago he would be in prison. This is black privilege in Chicago.”
Aside from his tweet being empirically, and completely, untrue, it just goes to show the lengths the right will go to try to disprove white privilege. Luckily for sane people, this guy getting lit up by the Twitterverse was a treat.
If Jussie Smollett was white and fabricated a hate crime against fake black people in Chicago he would be in prison. This is black privilege in Chicago.— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) March 26, 2019
Cookout Becky says hi pic.twitter.com/z8CuvLH6Nq— MagicMackXXXL (@BigOrangeMack) March 26, 2019
And just for the record - in line with your logic - what ever happened to Emmett Till's accuser? An accusation (lie) that got a young boy murdered? We'll wait.— Scribe (@ReadyScribe) March 26, 2019
Black privilege? I've been black all my life do I have to apply for the privilege or does the brochures and pamphlets come in the mail— Cy (@LesbianicCyborg) March 26, 2019
Hell nah. https://t.co/6OWWDFjLCM— 🇬🇭 #AtlasArcher (@lenubienne) March 26, 2019
👎🏼 If Jussie Smollett was white he cud shoot a 12yr old at a park & keep being able 2 “protect & serve”. My son wud never be shot 4 playing w/a stick.. Having a, fabricated hate, crime become the maga soapbox while running amok committing, actual hate crimes, is privilege too. So pic.twitter.com/3K5M3cLHlq— Sara P (@CuzStoneBlind) March 26, 2019
Black privilege?— Hiei's Baby Mama 💋 (@DarkMimiTV) March 26, 2019
Tell that to the covered up murder cases that the CPD goes out of their way to keep hushed. Or to the common knowledge that CPD is corrupt and not to be trusted that easy. pic.twitter.com/qubufswfYw
Considering white people call the police on black people for BS and don't see any jail time, I highly doubt. Lately, they do suffer via social media and get fired from their jobs... which is exactly what happened to him.— Andre' over 9000! (@EnradMolesh) March 26, 2019
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