Reflecting from Chicago… The entire Jussie Smollett and Osundairo brothers case is unfortunate and unnecessary all-around, but hopefully it inspires us all to reevaluate how and why we’re measuring “success.” What’s worth it? What’s not? And for context on what hate crimes can and do really look like, specifically for Black men of all couple styles in America, I read a little of Richard Wright’s posthumous novel The Man Who Lived Underground, a 2021 special Library of America release.
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Sorry, Jussie. I lived through the Great 2019 Chicago Polar Vortex.
The minute I heard the story an actor was attacked by MAGA hat wearers on the worst night of it, I knew it was sus; Jussie Smollett and Osundairo Brothers had to be the only humans in Chicago besides emergency workers out at 2 a.m. at 50 below zero. From the start, I’ve marveled this case shows how the internet, social media and the hunt to “go viral” has distorted the definition of success so that even the luckiest or most successful people can feel like failures.
I hope the outcome/verdict shows people it’s no substitute for luck or hard work. Hear me say more on that in the episode…