Hate-Crime Hoaxes Reflect America’s Sickness
Updated: Feb 20, 2019
We agree. Somewhere along the way a plurality of people in this country decided that they wanted to be victims. That being a "victim" in one way or another was cool. That's what the whole PC fashion is all about and it is bizarre. It might even be sick.
Now that Smollett’s story has all but fallen apart, some of the loudest voices two weeks ago are suddenly quiet. Yesterday Senator Booker wouldn’t respond to the recent developments in Smollett’s story despite having been one of the first to express outrage. Instead, he pivoted to talking about right-wing terrorism and white supremacy.
Now many are asking, “Why would Jussie do this?” To me it’s all but clear.
Jussie Smollett’s hoax is symptomatic of America’s illness. Because of the mainstreaming of academia’s victimhood culture, we are now in a place where we place more value on being a victim than on being heroic, charitable, or even kind. Victims or victim groups high on intersectionality points are supposed to be coveted, treated with child gloves, and believed unreservedly. Their “lived experience” gives them infinite wisdom. Those who urge caution are treated as bigots.
Outside of the rare prosecution for faking a hate crime, the incentives for being a victim — real or imagined — are endless.
The guy (likely) thought that the "attack" would flag his stalling career. Think about that.