FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2019
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's Statement On The Vicious Attack Of Actor Jussie Smollett
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement following news that critically acclaimed actor, Jussie Smollett, was attacked in what law enforcement has characterized as a possible hate crime:
"The brutal attack on Jussie Smollett is evidence of the rise in racially-motivated violence and the spike in homophobia that threatens vulnerable communities across our country today. This attack also shows that neither fortune nor fame can immunize you from the brutality of hate that we are now witnessing in every corner of our nation.
"The rise in hate crimes that we are seeing is the byproduct of national policies that marginalize and dehumanize minority communities, especially African Americans and the LGBTQ+ community.
"This vicious attack, however brutal, will not dim Smollett's star. We must continue our fight to live in a world free of hate, one where people do not have to live in fear over the color of their skin or who they choose to love.
"We urge our national leaders to stand up to white nationalism, racism, and homophobia to help counter the hate that is tearing away at the heart of our democracy. We urge law enforcement to do their part to ensure that the perpetrators of this violence will be held accountable. We pray for Smollett's speedy recovery and urge reforms that promote a message of inclusion in our country."
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Now in its 55th year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is continuing its quest to “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights.
Derrick Robinson, Lawyers’ Committee, DRobinson@LawyersCommittee.org, 202-662-8317