Najee Ali, a Southern California based civil rights activist and CEO of Project Islamic Hope, calls for the arrest and prosecution of “Empire” star Jussie Smollet for lying and filing a false police report to Chicago police stating he was the victim of a hate crime by Donald Trump supporters.
In a statement, Ali says:
“Jussie Smollett is nothing but a modern-day version of Tawana Brawley. In the era of Donald Trump where black people continue to fight police abuse, racial profiling and violence nationwide and our LBGTQ brother and sisters continue to struggle for acceptance for the way they choose to live their own lives, Smollett lies has and will have a very damaging effect on our community’s.
“His lies will only embolden Trump and all his MAGA supporters. Smollett’s actions and lies will make real incidents of racists attacks and homophobia much easier to immediate dismiss.
“Since Trump has taken office white people have become so embolden, they have attempted to stop black people from going into and sharing space at Starbucks, apartments, public parks, school dormitories, Napa Valley wine trains and public sidewalks.
“Black people and our LBGTQ brother and sisters are legitimately attacked because of their race and sexual orientation every day. For Smollett to lie helps continue to put our community in danger and at risk nationwide. Smollett must be held accountable for betraying the movement and the LBGTQ community. Our organization is calling for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Smollett.” — Najee Ali, CEO of Project Islamic Hope.