National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director David Johns had a message to the Black and LGBTQ+ community after the brutal attack on Jussie Smollett.
“The way that white supremacy and anti-Blackness wins is to convince us that we should hide, or shrink parts of who we are, otherwise not show up in the way that we were purposed to,” he stated. “And what I’m saying to you is that I see you and I want you to continue to be fly.”
On Tuesday, January 29, actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon in “Empire” was attacked by men yelling racist and homophobic slurs. They beat him, put a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him. He has since been released from the hospital and is home recovering.
Smollett is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, especially for LGBTQ+ individuals of color.
“I am thankful for brother Jussie, all that he will continue to do for those of us, who are too often neglected and ignored,” stated Johns. “For Black LGBTQ and same gender loving people, this attack is a sad reminder that none of us — not even our famous entertainers — are safe from the ugly vestiges of white supremacy.”