‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett was attacked early Tuesday morning in an unprovoked homophobic and racist hate crime in Chicago.
So many things are wrong with that sentence. It’s sad that in a time when everything looks to be so progressive, especially in North America, homophobic and racist attacks still happen.
As a queer person of colour, this attack really hits close to home because I feel like it can happen to myself or anyone who falls into that category. I do not want to take away from Jussie’s attack but if we as a society are speaking up on his attack, just imagine all the other queer people of colour who get attacked on a daily basis whose stories don’t get any attention.
It’s so brave for people to be so open with their sexuality, especially in a public space. I like to believe that I am comfortable living my life as a Gay man, but I would be lying if I said that stories like this don’t make me think about a similar thing happening to me by just holding my boyfriend’s hand out in public.
This is why we need to stay vigilant and continue the fight towards equality for LGBTQ+ and people of colour. Just because we are all equal under the law does not mean we are treated equally, and we as a society need to understand this and speak up when we see and hear injustices happening.