We Stand with Jussie Smollett. We STAND for LOVE.

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“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was attacked in the early morning hours on Tuesday in what Chicago police are calling it a hate crime.

Everyone around the world have shown their support for Jussie as posted encouragement for him and his family during this time. We can not imagine the trauma that he has experienced. We’d never wish this on anyone. We generally focus on the positive, but Jussie was the ultimate definition of someone who chose to lead with love. So we wanted to make it known.

The United States is consistently divided by politics and hidden agenda’s our tolerance for hate is no longer being kept quiet. We Stand with Jussie Smollett. We stand for love.


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It’s indisputable that one of Jussie’s purpose-gifts is the ability to unify through love. It’s who he is. It’s what he does. His blazon of light can never – and will never – be diminished, quelled or subdued. This despicable act only shamefully reveals how deeply the diseases of hatred, inequality, racism and discrimination continue to course through our country’s veins. It’s not enough to just share about the unconscionable, heinous and deplorable acts birthed by them – we must shoulder the responsibility and honor of loving one another like never before. We MUST. For without love; we gain nothing, we live for nothing, we become nothing. Praying deeply for our brother as he heals and recovers. Fervently awaiting the moment that these vile, despicable cowards and purveyors of hate and evil are brought to a smoldering justice. Love – and @jussiesmollett’s light, voice and purpose – will never be silenced. Hate will not win. We will rise.

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Smollett was attacked by two people “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs” and “poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim,” police said.
According to police, one of Smollett’s alleged attackers also put a rope around his neck. Both fled the scene.
Smollett took himself to Northwestern Hospital and “is in good condition,” police told CNN.
Chicago Police Department Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police “continue to seek any available evidence/video to identify possible offenders in [the Jussie Smollett] case.”
“Thus far we have not found anything to be able put out a description,” Guglielmi tweeted from a verified account.
On Tuesday, CNN’s Don Lemon spoke to Smollett and a mutual friend who was at the hospital with the actor. Smollett confirmed the incident took place.
He was shaken and angry that an attack like this could happen. Smollett told CNN he fought back at the attackers.
“Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” the police statement said.
Smollett has starred on Fox’s “Empire” since 2015. He plays Jamal, a successful singer in the musical Lyon family. Like his character, Smollett identifies as gay.
“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our ‘Empire’ family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night,” a representative of 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said in a statement to CNN. “We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”

 

A representative for GLAAD told CNN the organization has reached out Smollett to offer assistance and support.
“Jussie is a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world,” a GLAAD spokesperson said in a statement.
Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382.
Send your prayers and well wishes Jussie’s way. We know he’s going to need all he can get.
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