Jurnee Smollett-Bell has come forth with statements on behalf of her family and brother Jussie Smollett. Although, Jussie Smollett has not spoken out about his attack we do know that the investigation is still under way by the Chicago Police Department. Recently, Jussie Smollett was captured on Lee Daniels instagram. The looks of his attack shows bruises to his face. The prior police details also stated that there was bleach pourn on him.
Jussie Smollett has been receiving a lot of support from family, friends, and fans. They are all praying that he recovers fast.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who is Jussie’s big sister wrote a statement on her Instagram. She posted o picture of Jussie smiling and having fun. She stated “Because there’s a light in him that cannot be dimmed, because we are a family of joyful warriors, we will not let this get the best of us”. Jurnee Smollett=Bell has also had a brush in with racism as a child. She played a role in the movie “Selma, Lord, Selma” a 1999 television film directed by Charles Burnett. The movie graves the details of the 1960s civil rights movement, marching for the right to vote, and Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama.
She continued “In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack. We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice. Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received. We are thankful to our village for your immense support during this trying time. We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive. Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed. We want people to understand these targeted hate crimes are happening to our sisters, brothers and our gender non-conforming siblings, many who reside within the intersection of multiple identities, on a monthly, weekly, and sometimes even daily basis all across our country. Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such. They will continue to occur until we hold each other accountable. Make no mistake, words matter. Hateful words lead to hateful actions. Radical love is the only solution, but passivity will be our downfall. We, as a family, will continue to work for love, equity and justice until it reigns supreme in our nation and all over the world.
With love & gratitude, The Smollett Family”