The Homophobic and Racist Attack on Jussie Smollett: When MAGA Love Equals Hate

The Homophobic and Racist Attack on Jussie Smollett: When MAGA Love Equals Hate February 2, 2019
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[Update 3/9/19] See Post: Justice and the Innocence of MAGA Love: What Does Jussie Smollett’s Indictment Prove?

Recently, two MAGA-loving men with racist and homophobic motives brutally attacked actor Jussie Smollett. This hate crime has nothing to do with making the United States of America great for the first time, the second time, again, or ever.

According to the Chicago Tribune,

Smollett told police he had just left a Subway when two men in dark clothes approached and yelled the slurs. Smollett told police he was hit and a chemical — maybe bleach — was poured on him. They put a rope around his neck and yelled, “This is MAGA country,’’ he told detectives. The initials stand for Make America Great Again, a Trump campaign slogan.

This hate crime has nothing to do with love of country, God, or love at all.

Love does not require hate-filled attacks and murders. Fear does.

If you believe that “greatness” requires a superiority because of class, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or religion, then you have committed yourself to a poverty of mind, body, and spirit. You shrink your view of the world and limit your vision for the unlimited possibilities of expanding it.

What happened to Smollett continues to remind us that as long as oppression exists anywhere in the individual, cultural, and institutional domains, we have an illusion of meritocracy.

Certain Republicans become distraught whenever a Black celebrity speaks out against oppressive structures and behaviors. These individuals fail to recognize that a lot of us Black people with sophisticated social, political, economic, historical, and cultural awareness understand that celebrity and upward class mobility does not shelter us or remove us from the harshness of living in a racist society or world. These blinded souls do not realize that some of us, Black people do not disconnect ourselves from the experiences of other Black people because of a change in material or social status.

Smollett’s sense of connection is evident in his statement to Essence, when he says:

As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process,” he concluded. “Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.

When you are LGBTQIA and Black in a racist heteropatriarchal society, you face multiple oppressive systems. As a heterosexual Black woman, I deal with racism and sexism, for example, yet I do not deal with homophobia, as my LGBTQIA sisters and brothers do.

All of these realities are valid. If we open our eyes, we can see how our shared and varied experiences connect us as humanity.

A Challenge for Republicans

As long as Republicans do not address the blatant and subtle homophobia and racism within their own party, hate crimes will continue.

If you are a Republican, you might believe these hate crimes are wrong. The more insidious message that “Others” do not belong might be evident without you ever saying a homophobic or racist slur or attacking LGBTQIA people of any race.

If you are a White Republican, you might not physically attack a gay Black man, but if you attend a church that teaches a loving God mass-murders of gay people to make the world great, you pave the way for such things. It is one of the reasons why I walked away from such madness. I could no longer accept or tolerate the teaching that a loving God required me to hate.

Perhaps more churches need to change their religious iconography to reflect the true state of their beliefs:

Exchange the image of White Jesus on a cross with a hanging Black man, and we have the ultimate sacrifice for White Christian privilege.

Exchange the cross for one on fire, and we have the religion that helped America be great with creating, hate, terror, and fear.

Exchange the cross for a noose, and we have the Godless spirituality that restricting the flow of love in this country and arguably, parts of the world.

The attack against a gay Black man is an attack on God. I contend it is an attack on all of us. When you attack any LGBTQIA person the same applies.

If you are a Republican, and you have intentionally crafted a life void of meaningful relationships with Black people, you might be on par with people who use racial slurs. Consider examining your motives. And that one Black person, colleague, church member, who you rarely spend extensive time with, do not count.

If your policies seek to maintain White supremacy instead of remedying the socioeconomic disparities created by centuries of racist policies and cultural practices, you actively place nooses on Black people.

If your policies prevent impinges on the liberties of people because they are LGBTQIA, you supply the rope for the nooses that your so called “extreme” followers use.

Those who read my writings know that I have challenged liberal, progressive, and Democrat politics and perspectives. Therefore, if you feel compelled to come to me with a “But the Democrats, ” argument, save it.

Not today.
Today is not the day for focusing on both Democrat and Republican parties.

Today is the day for you to sit with your own hate. Today is the day for you to look at the hate you promote in the world whether passively or directly.

Today is the day for you to look at how you rationalize away the glaring signs of sickness in your party.
Today is the day for you to look at yourself and your politics.

I have. I do. You can, too.

You are not a political affiliation. You are human.

Instead of clutching your pearls with shock and dismay at what happened to Jussie Smollett, grab a mirror and look into it.

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  • Peter Michael Beck

    Mr. Smollett’s story is not very credible. Chicago is hardly MAGA country. His story fits your PC narrative, but the “facts” don’t add up.

  • @RaceandGrace

    Thanks for your comment. I appreciate you raising the issue about the credibility of Smollett because, for quite some time, I have been doing much reflecting about supporting/believing victims along with the reality that people lie (and tell the truth).

    I plan to write more about my perspective on these things in another post. So, again, thank you.

    I have several points to add.

    1. Racism and homophobia occur in contexts that are not “MAGA” country. Also, I think this country is long overdue to stop propagating the idea that bigotry mostly transpires in certain spaces like south of the Mason-Dixon line.

    2. We have the power to think and act with a higher level of integrity without relying on political parties like blind followers of the Messiah. We have Blackface and White supremacist Democrats and Republicans. We have hidden bigotry across the board. We also have goodness, too. This week’s post/perspective rests in the land of the GOP.

    3. “PC” has become a throw-away term to prevent people from self-reflection and to justify dismissing people who are challenging a social issue. Gotta love when the nineties make a comeback.

    4. To your point, I think fabricating hate crimes or lies about hate crimes are detestable. I am concerned about people who lie about wrong-doings, particularly for politically motivated agendas. Such abhorrent actions do not erase the existence of hate crimes. Individuals who lie about hate crimes are just as culpable in being part of the problem and not the solution. They do not negate the growth in White supremacist organizations. There is still work to do.

    5. While people are currently debating about fake hate crimes, the heart of the matter remains: We have a real problem on our hands in this country. Hate and God do not go together. Racism and homophobia still exist.

    6. “Facts” have been proven to be subjective when it comes to social issues. We can have video of an unarmed Black man being shot by the police, and it is still not enough evidence, proof, or facts for some people. Speaking of credibility, people who go through great lengths to avoid seeing even blatant hate and bigotry lack credibility.

  • Jerry C

    Entire story is bs. This clown did much worse then Rosanne, remove him from the show. Trouble making al sharpton jr.

  • Jerry C

    Charge him for all the police time investigating the hoax.

  • Scott

    Yeah, we’re kind of a hot mess these days. I believe Trump is the outcome of a plethora of social issues. I think what would help is if one side didn’t CONSTANTLY label anyone to the right of Marx as a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe. It would be beneficial if we could all participate in the conversation.

  • Jonathan M

    When this gets proven to be a hoax will the police charge him with a felony. When will people learn that most of theses viral posts on how they were attacked or their customer wrote no tip because you are (fill in the blank) turn out to be fake, but the media doesnt spend a tenth of the time reporting its fake compared to when they were reporting the fake story.

  • Rudy Schellekens

    And once again, we react before all the facts are in. If anything “heals” the nation, waiting for all the facts are in before we jump into battle )be it real or words) there would be a lor less anger. I jeep referring to Ferguson, MO. In the end, each and every investigative agency agreed with the events as explained by the officer involved. Just think how much violence would have been avoided had we waited for the final verdict to come in.

  • David

    Jussie says “lead with love”, I’ve seen his tweets about Trump and those who voted for him (from before the attack). That’s not love, it’s foul mouthed childishness. Whatever happened to him he didn’t deserve but the posing and self-righteousness is nausea producing. Perhaps he should take a look at the way he expresses his “love” for others before he climbs high up on that horse crying crocodile tears. Find the truth, find the perps and prosecute if appropriate but leave the drama for the TV screen. He is immensely talented and I was a fan, until I read his tweets. I have no space in my life for such garbage (including Trump’s BS). I doubt he’ll miss one fan and he’s gained so many more now.

  • @RaceandGrace

    Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your concern about my perspective. I understand your concern about people rushing to “battle,” as well. If you have not already done so, please see my previous comment, for I am not going to rehash all points.

    I shall add the following:

    Much work remains. I believe that people who fight to avoid looking in the mirror contribute more to the problem than the solution. People who spend more time fighting against the notion of self-examination or people who advocate for it seem to be against individual or social progress.

    Just think how much violence would have been avoided if people spent more time addressing the people and institutions who spread hate and mayhem.

    These people have been killed because of hate:

    Maurice E. Stallard

    Vickie Lee Jones

    Heather Heyer

    Clementa C. Pinckney

    Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd

    Susie Jackson

    Ethel Lee Lance

    Depayne Middleton-Doctor

    Tywanza Sanders

    Daniel L. Simmons

    Sharonda Coleman-Singleton

    Myra Thompson

    Irving Younger

    Melvin Wax

    Rose Mallinger

    Bernice Simon

    Sylvan Simon

    Jerry Rabinowitz

    Joyce Fienberg

    Richard Gottfried

    Daniel Stein

    Cecil Rosenthal

    David Rosenthal

    Fufai Pun

    Kheong Ng-Thang

    Tsz Mat Pun

    Are you going to tell their friends and families about why you have a problem with the notion of White supremacists and the people who enable them to start looking more closely at their lives… and dare changing?

    Are you going to tell their friends and families about why you have a problem with all of us engaging in self-examination to stop the spread of hate?

    Are you going to tell them that such work depends on the Jussie Smollett hate crime investigation?

    Unfortunately, the list goes on.

    Furthermore, mass media have not given enough attention to the hate crimes committed against transgender individuals.

    The following comes from Human Rights Campaign. I share this not just for you, but for everyone who reads this post:

    – Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, 42, was found dead in her home on January 5 in North Adams, Massachusetts. Steele-Knudslien organized and produced the Miss Trans New England and other pageants, and was loved and known by many in both the local and national trans community.

    -Viccky Gutierrez, 33, a transgender woman from Honduras was stabbed and had her body set ablaze inside her Los Angeles home on January 10. Friends described her as “a young trans Latina immigrant woman whose warm smile would give anyone comfort.”

    -Celine Walker, 36, was fatally shot in a hotel room on on February 4 in Jacksonville, Florida. It was not known for several days that Walker was trans because local police claimed to not refer to victims as transgender. Investigators are still looking for a suspect in her death.

    -Tonya Harvey, 35, was fatally shot on February 6 in Buffalo, New York. A friend of Harvey’s expressed her condolences on Facebook, writing: “I knew her since I started transitioning, she was so sweet and loving.” Police have confirmed they are looking into the incident as a possible hate crime.

    -Zakaria Fry, 28, went missing in New Mexico in mid-January. Her body was later found 40 miles outside of Albuquerque on February 19. Albuquerque Police arrested and charged Charles Spiess with two open counts of murder. Fry’s loved ones shared condolences on Facebook with one friend saying: “You were my older sister. You took care of me and loved me like family. I’ll forever love you. I’m sorry.”

    -Phylicia Mitchell, 45, was shot and killed outside her home on February 23 in Cleveland, Ohio. On April 10, Cleveland.com reported that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Gary Sanders. Sanders was charged with aggravated murder in Mitchell’s death. Her longtime partner, Shane Mitchell, described her as “funny and kind” and that “everyone loved her.”

    -Amia Tyrae Berryman, 28, was fatally shot at a local motel on March 26 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Few details are known about the crime, and police report they have no suspects or persons of interest at this time.

    -Sasha Wall, 29, a transgender woman of color, was fatally shot on April 1 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. The FBI is assisting with local investigators, and are analyzing phone records and collecting DNA evidence. Donovan Dunlap, a friend of Wall’s, expressed condolences on Facebook, writing, “I will miss you my beautiful sister. I cannot sleep, I hope they find who did this.”

    -Karla Patricia Flores-Pavón, 26, was found choked to death in her apartment in Dallas, Texas, on May 9. Dallas Police arrested 24-year-old Jimmy Eugene Johnson III on May 17, charging him with Flores-Pavón’s murder. “It hurts a lot, you were a good-hearted person. Sister, fly high. We will remember you with love. Your beautiful smile will stay with us,” a friend posted on her Facebook page.

    -Nino Fortson, 36, was fatally shot in Atlanta on May 13. City police were nearby executing a traffic stop and rushed to the scene, but Forston later died at the hospital, said transgender advocate Monica Roberts.

    -Gigi Pierce, 28, was fatally shot on May 21 in Portland, Oregon. When officers arrived they tried to administer aid, but Pierce died at the scene. Police investigators say they believe that Pierce was shot during an altercation with Sophia Adler, who has been charged with Pierce’s murder, according to KGW-TV.

    -Roxana Hernández, 33, passed away on May 25 while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after fleeing violence and discrimination in Honduras. After an autopsy report strongly indicated Hernández was beaten in ICE custody before her death, the agency is falsely claiming its press release announcing her death constitutes its report and is disputing the accuracy of eyewitness accounts of abuse from detainees held with her in custody prior to her death.

    -Antash’a English, 38, was fatally injured in drive-by shooting in Jacksonville, Florida on June 1. On her Facebook page, English described herself as an “independent” transgender woman who “thrives on being the best person” she can be. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has declared an active murder investigation and asks anyone with information to contact their office.

    -Diamond Stephens, 39, was found shot to death on June 18 in Meridian, Mississippi. In interviews with a local television station, family members said that Stephens had an “incredible personality.” As is too often the case in the reporting of anti-transgender violence, Stephens was originally misgendered in local police statements and media reports, which delayed our awareness of this deadly incident.

    -Cathalina Christina James, 24, was fatally shot in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 24. In an interview with First Coast News, James’ mother described her daughter as having a “big and bold” personality, saying she loved to dance and travel. James is the third transgender woman murdered and the fourth shot in the Florida city this year.

    -Keisha Wells, 54, was found dead with a gunshot wound to her abdomen in the parking lot of an apartment complex on June 24, according to Cleveland.com. A longtime friend of Wells described her as “the nicest person ever” but also a “tough cookie.”

    -Sasha Garden, 27, was found dead with signs of trauma in Orlando, Florida, early July 19. Originally from Wisconsin, Garden is remembered by loved ones as a “firecracker” who “didn’t hold anything back.” Friend and local transgender activist Mulan Montrese Williams recalls that Garden was a talented and aspiring hair stylist and had been saving money to fund her transition.

    -Vontashia Bell, 18, was fatally shot on August 30 in a neighborhood of Shreveport, Lousiana. The Louisiana Trans Advocates organization released a statement condemning the shooting and calling on the city’s leaders to help curb the violence against the trans community.

    -Dejanay Stanton, 24, was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head on August 30, according to media reports. After an autopsy, her death was ruled a homicide and the investigation is ongoing. “Every time you saw her she had a smile on her face,” said LaSaia Wade, executive director of Brave Space Alliance. “She was just trying to live her best life as a young girl.”

    -Shantee Tucker, 30, was found with a fatal gunshot wound in the back in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 5. Friends and family honored her life and mourned her death on Facebook, recalling that she was like “another big sister” to them and remembering her “beautiful spirit and fun aura.”

    -Londonn Moore, 20, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in a remote area of North Port, Florida on Sept. 8. Moore is remembered by her family and other loved ones, who described her as “hilarious” and someone who “made everyone laugh all the time.”

    -Nikki Enriquez, 28, was one of four women killed in Sept. in what local officials describe as a “serial killing spree” allegedly carried out by an intel supervisor for the U.S. Border Patrol. Enriquez, who also went by the name Janelle, is survived by numerous loved ones that were “sad and in disbelief” at her death. Cousin Veronica Castillo described her as a “very outgoing” person who loved to party and was beloved by the local LGBTQ community.

    -Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier, 31, was fatally stabbed and her body left behind an abandoned building by a man with whom she was arguing on October 3 in Chicago. As reported in the Sun Times, Chicago police declared Frazier’s death a homicide after appearing on the scene. She is remembered by friends and loved ones, who said that she will “always be missed.”

    -Regina Denise Brown, 53, a trans woman of color, was found dead in her burning home in South Carolina on October 7. Authorities charged Jenkins with murder in November after he confessed to killing Brown during a physical altercation. Brown was described as a “great lady with a big heart” to PinkNews.

    -Tydi Dansbury, 37, a Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Baltimore on November 26. Few details are known about the circumstances of her death, and the Baltimore Police Department is urging anyone with information to come forward.

    -Keanna Mattel, 35, a Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Detroit, Michigan on December 7. In 2015, Mattel, who also went by the name Kelly Stough, spoke against anti-trans violence epidemic, noting that “police are unaware with our struggle so they have no sympathy for us.” Friends remember Mattel as “a sweetheart and beautiful character.”

    Now that you have expressed shared concern in healing the nation, please consider finding at least 10 blogs/sites where people overtly promote White supremacy and/or homophobia and challenge their hate.

    Thank you. Peace to you.

  • Rudy Schellekens

    Unfortunately, the space is not big enough to list the names of the people who got hurt, lost their homes, their livelihood because of the violence started based on a lack of knowledge and lack of patience to hear the facts.
    Victims are all around and from my perspective, one victim has no greater or lesser worth than the other. And where the list of victims you cite have no solution to their specific suffering, neither do the victims of violence perpetrated against them as a result of acting too hastily.
    If people would learn to understand others, it would be amazing how much less violence there would be…

  • customartist

    Whether this particular incident is credible or not is merely a grain of sand on the beach. There are many such attacks against LGBT people that never hit the mainstream news, and therefore it is no surprise nor is it a fault of mainstream society that folks may not be aware of these incidents. Try looking up the Talana Kreeger or Sean Kennedy murders of North and South Carolina respectively. Ms. Kreeger was dragged behind a truck after being raped by her heterosexual male attacker until her intestines were protruding, only to have her memorial services later refused by multiple churches because she was a lesbian. Sean Kennedy was struck by his homophobic attacker, brain separated from his brainstem rendering him brain dead, and this was the call that his mother got in the middle of the night. His attacker got about 3 years due to there being no violent crime statute in the State.

    The overall murder rate in the United States id about 4.5%, but the murder rate for Transgender Women about 19.5%, five times the national rate. And just to keep it real, in a country where Christianity is around 70%, these are not Muslims nor Atheists nor other transgender people committing these crimes – they are Christians. Now here is the point where commenters usually jump in and proclaim that those are not “real Christians”. But if these commenters are the real Christians, then they should take it upon themselves to call out the “fake” Christians and stop communing with those who condemn LGBT people. Silence IS approval.

  • @RaceandGrace

    Thank you for this entire comment. I think it is a challenge that more of the church needs to hear. You are right that “silence is approval.” During my process of looking in the mirror, I kept being reminded of a rule I had learned years ago in debate: Silence is affirmation. You are right. It is not enough to silently disagree and keep going to church where the teachings are homophobic. We have a giant pole in our eye. Instead of removing it, we are focusing on the toothpick in the eyes of people of different faiths. Thank you for giving me more to reflect on and take to heart.

  • swbarnes2

    MAGAts are running people over in cars, but the real the problem is that liberals are labeling people?

    https://medium.com/@GeorgeGodwyn/what-they-want-e57420a73748

    The post got hundreds of comments, finally thousands. Immediately. The Trump supporters had a very clear answer and they were adamant about it. Almost no answered with “the men’s room”. A few said things like “if they’ve got a vagina, they use a woman’s room, if they have a penis, they use the men’s room.” But the majority of the of the commenters had an answer I hadn’t considered at all. These people had worked out a very simple solution to the problem of transgender people and the norms revolving public restrooms.

    They wanted transgender people to die.

    You really think transgender people would be safer if these guys did more talking in the public square?

  • Scott

    I have no idea what the hell you are writing about. Pretty sure it’s not a response to what I wrote.

  • David Copeland

    I don’t usually get involved in this stuff. I just opened an account and this is my first comment on here. I do agree that mature Christians with a solid scripture-based faith should be helping to teach the ill-informed individuals who think they’re serving Christ through anger and hatred, which is the opposite of what Jesus Christ called us to do. I think anyone who wants to claim that they serve Christ should take a lot of time reading just what he said, and about how he lived. Scripture clearly calls us to become more like him. It’s not talking about his outward appearance, but his heart. He was God, and the scripture says God IS LOVE! If anyone claims to serve Christ, but their mission is hate, they have been deceived. That doesn’t mean we should automatically hate them, or we’re basically Just like them. We’re all called to love, just like our Lord Jesus Christ. We love those who love us AND ESPECIALLY those who hate us. God will make things work out when you follow his lead. As God, He knows more and cares more than any human ever could, so ignoring his guidance is just prideful and damaging.

    I could say much much more, but I’ll end with this… God loves all of us! Yes, that includes LGBTQetc. Black, white, asian, Mexican, rich, poor, EVERYONE! The Christian Bible is very clear on that, so if someone claims to be hating you in the name of Christ, feel free to correct them. There are things that God may want to help us overcome, if we choose to do life with him, but nothing will ever make him stop loving you.

    The world would be much more peaceful and enjoyable if people weren’t always in battle defense mode. It’s unnecessary and harmful. If more people from EVERY ‘side’ started making a conscious effort to interact in a positive way with someone completely different, and keep doing that until you have a large group of very diverse people, then you can live together with peace and love, just as Christ intended, and your large groups would be less likely targets of hate, so you could make others a target of love!

    I’ll end it there. Love is always good, hate helps no one!

  • customartist

    I appreciate most of your comments, especially about Jesus’ message, which I agree with, even though we do not share the same overall religious views.

    But in the final paragraph you lump all “sides” into the problem of not interacting “in a positive way”, and with this I respectively take issue. LGBT people, of all people, have empathy for and understand the discrimination against others, ie: African Americans, Women, etc. We do not go out and attack people for who they are. We do however respond as a necessary defense mechanism to the selectively focused, predominantly religious, condemnation directed our way. We do not initiate discord without provocation. And specifically, we are not targets of hate because of our own un-positive interactions.

    We can, as you recommend, interact in a positive way until the cows come home and still we will be at the brunt of widespread religious condemnation, which subsequently leads to all forms of discrimination and violence. Let’s look realistically at the origin. To claim that “EVERY ‘side'” is at fault for the attacks against LGBT people is to live in denial. LGBT people bear no blame in this. Please do not include us in that assignment of fault. We are attacked due to the Pure Animus of others, period.

    One cannot fix a problem until one recognizes that one has a problem. “One has to clean up their own side of the street.”

    And to borrow some of your words, the world would be much more peaceful and enjoyable if Christians (many not all) weren’t always in battle defense mode particularly against LGBT people.

  • swbarnes2

    I think it’s pretty plain. You responded to “black people get shot by police on video, and white people don’t care” in a thread a listing dozens of people murdered for being transgender by saying “well, liberals label people!!!!!”

    There is no moral equivalent there. Dylann Roof didn’t shoot all those people in response to being unfairly labeled racist. James Alex Fields Jr. wasn’t going to be dissuaded from killing people had only more virulent racism been part of the national conversation.

    We’ve got Liam Neeson admitting he was a Dylann Roof wanna-be, and Cindy McCain proud of calling the cops to harass a family she didn’t think was racially pure enough. But what you think is awful is not what they did, but that they might be labeled “racist”?

  • Scott

    Ummm. Never mind.

  • Scott

    “Whether this particular incident is credible or not is merely a grain of sand on the beach.” No. What is important is whether this really did happen or not and unfortunately it is looking more and more like a hoax. The hoax is just as despicable.

  • Scott

    “Instead of clutching your pearls with shock and dismay at what happened to Jussie Smollett, grab a mirror and look into it.” Um…so what are you seeing when you look into the mirror now? Progressives so wanted the narrative to be true. White redneck MAGA hat wearing racist homophobes attack a gay black man. Uh oh. Ideology is a powerful thing, isn’t it?

  • Just-a-me

    “the murder rate for Transgender Women is about 19.5%”
    What’s the source of this statistic?

  • Just-a-me

    “The Homophobic and Racist Attack on Jussie Smollett: When MAGA Love Equals Hate”
    Lol, loser.

    What’s it say about love when you run a story without knowing the veracity of it?

    Leftist Christians: guilty until proven innocent.

  • customartist

    A perfectly reasonable question. The calculation was mine but all of the other information was publicly findable. Last year about this time I took the overall US population from 2017, the actual number of (then known) Transgender murders in 2017, which I believe was 28 at the time, the overall murder rate of the US which was about 4.5% at that time, and the percentage of Trans people in the USA, as best can be determined, which is a number that varies somewhat from pollster to pollster, from either a gallop or other reasonably credible pollster (I cannot remember) and did the appropriate calculations.

    I plan to recalculate this information again this year for 2018 but some of the statistics that are needed are not yet available. I welcome anyone to recalculate the percentages from the same publicly available information. I suppose that more accurate overall population numbers will be out after the next census (potentially excluding illegal residents?). Of course the precise number of transgender people and other statistical information can be questioned, but the mathematical calculations were checked and re-checked for accuracy, and I think this does give us something to consider. This process began from pure curiosity.

    The one correction that I might have made would be to say “transgender people” instead of “transgender women”, although it is known that trans women make up the bulk of trans murder victim. HRC is one good source to answer related questions.

    Bottom line: Hated people are indeed at risk and murdered at higher rates than the general population – a fact that I hope no one will question. I was surprised though at the magnitude.

  • Just-a-me

    Thanks for the response; where did you get your number concerning the number of murdered transgender people?

  • customartist

    Not sure, but probably from Human Rights Commission. There are transgender groups all over the nation. They also know these sorts of numbers. I haven’t heard the number for 2018 yet. I will post updated information when I have time. Bringing awareness to this is but one of my many missions. Thanks sincerely for your interest.

  • Just-a-me

    Sure thing, but it would really go a long way toward proving validity if you could post sources for the count of transgender murders in 2017. 19.5% is extremely high, and I would suspect would get mentioned in the news–especially if it has anything to do with them being transgender.

    Thanks!

  • Matt Cavanaugh

    According to the FBI, the overall murder rate in 2017 was 5.3 per 100,000. Taking your 28 trans murders, and the latest estimate of 1.5 million trans, the trans murder rate was 1.9 per 100,000.

  • Matt Cavanaugh

    Will this post be updated to reflect the revelation that the attack was a hoax perpetrated by Mr. Smollett himself?

  • customartist

    Where are you getting the 1.5 million?

  • customartist

    Yes, the percentage is really high.

  • Nimblewill

    Good call!