Hate Crimes And The Jussie Smollett Incident

Experts dissect and examine the issues surrounding the attack against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.

The family of “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is speaking out about the attack against him this week. In a statement, his family called it a racist and homophobic hate crime and likened it to an act of domestic terrorism. Smollett was beaten by two people in Chicago who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him.  We examine the impact of  this incident and the intersection of race, sexual orientation and hate crimes in America.


Dr. Cleo Manago, Behavioral Expert, Lead Advisor, The Black Men’s XChange

Dr. Yolonda Wilson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Howard University