Dr. King Wouldn't Be Proud Of Jussie Smollett

Frankly, I’m more outraged at the news media than Jussie over the incident at this point. After all, there are no shortage of disturbed people in this world who will go to great lengths to attempt to exploit victimhood. The state of victimhood is so pathetic Martina Navratilova was just kicked off of the board of an LGBTQ group for telling the truth about transgender athletes. 

Personally, I think it’s unfortunate when anyone decides they should be defined by their sexuality. Just as Dr. King thought it was unfortunate to define people based on superfluous things rather than character. In the case of Jussie Smollett, you have both in play. It’s time for those with chips on their shoulders and political agendas to stop embracing those who are anything but victims as victims.

At the time that Colin Kaepernick began to play the victim, he’d earned over $43 million. Jussie Smollett wasn’t yet in Kaepernick territory but earning more in one episode of Empire, than the average American does in a year. He made $1.2 million base salary from the show and was allegedly so upset by that he staged this incident. These two were living the American dream. Minorities who became stars with fame and fortune. Until they played the role of victims and the media played into it. 

There are racists and homophobes in this world. There are also actual victims. Unfortunately giving the failings of the human condition there always have been and always will be. The question is when will we as a society finally listen to what Dr. King had to say and judge people by the content of character. We would have far fewer victims walking around waiting to be offended and fewer non-victim opportunists attempting to take advantage of the celebration of victim status.

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