Project 21: ‘Jussie Smollett Is Either the Luckiest Guy in Chicago or the Shrewdest’

By Melanie Arter | March 28, 2019 | 11:49 AM EDT

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

( – A black conservative group is condemning the decision to drop all charges against actor Jussie Smollett in connection with the alleged hoax hate crime attack and once more calling on the NAACP to rescind Smollett’s NAACP Image Award nomination.

Project 21 is calling the decision “a crass display of ‘celebrity privilege’ harmful to both race relations and the reputation of the law enforcement community.”

"This case stands for one clear proposition - regardless of color. In America today, people of wealth and privilege can escape accountability for the same acts that mainstream Americans cannot," said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper said in a statement. "This deal stinks, and it makes a mockery of the idea that all Americans are equal before the law."



"Jussie Smollett is either the luckiest guy in Chicago or the shrewdest. The bombshell dropping of all charges against him has stunned critics who call it an outrageous instance of black celebrity privilege," said Project 21 member Nadra Enzi. "This is no less than a slap in the face to the Chicago Police Department and race relations!"

As previously reported, Project 21 is calling on the NAACP to reconsider Smollett’s Image Award nomination, saying the civil rights group “needs to make it clear that his behavior is not OK.”

The award show is scheduled for this Saturday and will be aired on TV One.

"Jussie Smollett fabricated a self-glorifying hate crime hoax. The police investigation determined as much, and the grand jury indicted Smollett. Though Smollett is obviously a liar and fraud who trivialized real victims of racial criminality, his 'punishment' is forfeiture of a $10,000 bond and having performed 'community service' for Jessie Jackson's Operation PUSH. He also benefits from a sealed record," noted Project 21 member Derryck Green.

"And yet Smollett maintains his innocence - saying he's been 'truthful and consistent' from the start. For all the talk these days about 'white privilege,' there's nothing like being gay and black in the age of intersectionality. That's privilege!" Green added.


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