JUSSIE SMOLLETT SPEAKS OUT AND PROFESSES TO ‘LEAD WITH LOVE’ AFTER BRUTAL ATTACKFebruary 1, 2019
Jussie Smollett breaks his silence for the first time since his brutal attack. In an exclusive with Essence, The Empire star thanked his fans for their outpouring love and support which “has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.”
Smollett says “my body is strong but my soul is stronger”—adding that “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,” Essence reports.
In a heartfelt Instagram post, Smollett’s family stressed that although “radical love is the only solution” unfortunately “passivity will be our downfall.”
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Because there’s a light in him that cannot be dimmed, because we are a family of joyful warriors, we will not let this get the best of us. Although this is a picture from happier times, this is the spirit to which we chose to move forward…they will not steal, our joy. ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽 ________________________________________________________Statement from our family: “ In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack. We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice. Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received. We are thankful to our village for your immense support during this trying time. We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive. Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed. We want people to understand these targeted hate crimes are happening to our sisters, brothers and our gender non-conforming siblings, many who reside within the intersection of multiple identities, on a monthly, weekly, and sometimes even daily basis all across our country. Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such. They will continue to occur until we hold each other accountable. Make no mistake, words matter. Hateful words lead to hateful actions. Radical love is the only solution, but passivity will be our downfall. We, as a family, will continue to work for love, equity and justice until it reigns supreme in our nation and all over the world. With love & gratitude, The Smollett Family”
Jussie’s brutal attack occurred on January 29th by two masked men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Smollett says he’s fully cooperating with authorities and believes “justice will be served.” We’re continuing to send love and light to Jussie and his family during this difficult time.