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Jussie Smollett and the Lynching of Ell Persons

Advertisement Advertisement update – who the hell knows at this point It’s been hard to escape the news lately about the “attack” on Empire actor Jussie Smollett. (Total side bar but Empire is nothing but the evolution of the movie Hustle & Flow). Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men yelling slurs, one putting a rope around his neck, and being doused with some sort of liquid or chemical. Two brothers were arrested and man the story just blew up, especially in the far left-politcal-actor-twitter-influencer world. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker both went straight to the “modern day lynching” metaphor. Cut and dry. MAGA hats. Racists, White ‘Murica, tragedy, the works. Except…..well, it might not be true. Now to be fair, the facts are still not out there. In time we might find out he staged it. He would not be the first person to stage a crime. And we might find that the brothers were more involved than the authorities believe. Point is, it takes TIME to sort through, well, almost anything. And time, brother, is counter to all we hold so dear. Rapid hot takes, judgement, acting as if we have some insight, some empathy that will help us, oh say, get elected. We simply vomit randomness mixed with moralizing. The mob cranks up, until it’s time to put the torches down again. And honestly that is enough about Smollett. What concerns me rather is the term “lynching”. Multiple politicians and celebs have called the attack a “modern day lynching”. It’s not. Even if the two brothers did exactly what was claimed, it’s still not a lynching. Why? Ell Persons. Between 1880 and 1960 nearly 5000 African-Americans were murdered by actual lynching. Persons was one of them. Mr. Persons was an African-American woodcutter living on the outskirts of Memphis, TN in 1917.  Tragically, a young, WHITE, schoolgirl named Antoinette Rappel was found murdered, more precisely raped and decapitated, about a mile from Persons’ home. That crime was horrible enough, but what followed was truly horrifying, for a variety of reasons. Persons was arrested and brought in for questioning. Over the span of 24 hours he was essentially tortured into a confession, although there was zero evidence linking him to this crime. Word got around about the arrest, and a lynch mob was formed. A REAL LYNCH MOB. Not wanting to see him escape…

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