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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “BLM Leader Backs Jussie Smollett, Labels Hate Crime Hoax Trial a ‘White Supremacist Charade’ | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
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A Black Lives Matter leader on Tuesday affirmed the movement’s support for Jussie Smollett, the actor who allegedly falsely claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime, arguing that activists “can never believe police” over a black man.
Melina Abdullah, a former California State University professor and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, defended Smollett as having been “courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom” and criticized the trial as a “white supremacist charade.”
“So let’s be clear: we love everybody in our community,” Abdullah wrote in a statement on the website for the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. “It’s not about a trial or a verdict decided in a white supremacist charade, it’s about how we treat our community when corrupt systems are working to devalue their lives.”
“In an abolitionist society, this trial would not be taking place, and our communities would not have to fight and suffer to prove our worth,” added Abdullah, who is director of a Defund the Police group. “Instead, we find ourselves once again being forced to put our lives and our value in the hands of judges and juries operating in a system that is designed to oppress us, while continuing to face a corrupt and violent police department who has proven time and again to have no respect for our lives.”
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