‘White supremacist charade’: Black Lives Matter leader criticizes Smollett trial

As the trial involving Empire actor Jussie Smollett continues this week, it seems as if he’s garnered the support of Black Lives Matter (BLM), who seem to be unhappy that most of the nation doesn’t believe Smollett’s version of events.

According to Fox News, BLM leader Melina Abdullah, a former California State University professor and police abolitionist who co-founded BLM Los Angeles, described the trial as a “white supremacist charade,” vowing to support the actor no matter the outcome.

Smollett, who has been accused by Chicago police and a special prosecutor of staging a hoax hate crime in 2019, “has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom,” according to Abdullah.

BLM’s outrage over the trial makes almost as much sense as their faux outrage over the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, which didn’t involve any Black victims, but did provide a quick and lazy way to make headlines and grift for donations.

The statement

Abdullah released a bizarre statement on BLM’s stance regarding the Smollett trial, insisting that the verdict doesn’t really matter, even though it does, and even though legal experts are confident that Smollett will be found to be the liar he likely is.

“So let’s be clear: we love everybody in our community. It’s not about a trial or a verdict decided in a white supremacist charade, it’s about how we treat our community when corrupt systems are working to devalue their lives,” the BLM leader wrote.

She added: “In an abolitionist society, this trial would not be taking place, and our communities would not have to fight and suffer to prove our worth.”

Abdullah suggested in her statement that Smollett faces “a corrupt and violent police department who has proven time and again to have no respect for our lives,” though the crux of the matter is the fact that the Chicago police department, also made up of Black officers, spent over 3,000 hours investigating the case and still determined Smollett’s “attack” was a hoax.

She continued her asinine rant by writing: “While policing at-large is an irredeemable institution, CPD is notorious for its long and deep history of corruption, racism, and brutality. Police lie and Chicago police lie especially.”

What happens next?

Early on, legal experts concurred that if found guilty of the class 4 felony he faces, Smollett would likely receive probation and community service — the legal equivalent of a slap on the wrist.

However, others believe that if convicted, which could happen as soon as Wednesday or Thursday, the judge in the case could order prison time for perjuring himself on the witness stand.

Either way, Abdullah’s statement on behalf of BLM sounds like the group is once again angling for a reason to riot, and that fact is probably not lost on the leaders of the Chicago Police Department.

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