Many people have claimed that if (emphasis on if because it has not been proven) Jussie Smollett lied he will damage the credibility of Black and Black LGBT people reporting hate crimes. As if they ever were granted great credibility in any capacity of the justice system. SiriusXM radio host Clay Cane, who recently wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post on this very issue, recently – and smoothly – explained that historical fact, yet conservative commentator S.E. Cupp found a way to make it about white women.
Friday, Feb. 22 on CNN, Cane was asked his response to the Chicago police superintendent saying that because of Smollett it will be harder for hate crime victims be believed.
“Because of Jussie Smollett — the one Black gay guy who may have lied — victims of hate crimes are not going to be believed?” Cane asked incredulously. “We already aren’t believed. If someone doesn’t believe a hate crime victim they didn’t believe them before Jussie.”
Cane continued: “But here is the larger point, why doesn’t it work the other way around? Why is it when white people falsely accuse Black people, and there’s a documented history of that, how come their credibility isn’t shot? How come the credibility of white women, for example, you think about Carolyn Bryant, Susan Smith, and most recently, Kristen Rhimes. Their credibility isn’t shot but the one Black person who has allegedly lied it’s somehow going to ruin the lives of Black LGBT folks who are affected by hate crimes? That is really a ridiculous, offensive perspective. As a Black LGBT person, I can tell you it’s not true.”
With Cupp’s face twisting, she turned the conversation to white women. “As a woman,” she began, “let me just say, we are also not believed. Whether it’s as victims of sexual harassment or sex crimes, all kinds of crimes, we are also not believed.”
Cane interjected and said, “But I am talking about race.”
Ignoring that Cane’s comment, Cupp kept going, insisting that, “We are also not believed routinely.”
Cane rebutted with, “I just want to point out that we are talking about race. We are on Black History Month, right? There is a long, documented history of white people falsely accusing Black people. As far as women, within white people, that’s different. There is a long history so all that I am saying, if it’s going to damage the credibility, you would think it would be across the board.”
Watch the clip below:
In case you didn’t know, on August 28, 1955, Carolyn Bryant Donham, a White woman, told a lie that got a 14-year-old Emmett Till lynched. In 2017, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” a book by Timothy Tyson, claims that Carolyn Bryant Donham admitted to lying about Till whistling at her.
In 1994, Susan Smith claimed a Black man kidnapped her kids and manhunt ensued. In reality, she drowned her children and is up for probation in five years. South Carolina woman Kristen Rimes said she was attacked by a Black man last year, which was a lie. This isn’t even scratching the surface.
Also, a 2017 report stated, “As of October 15, 2016, the National Registry of Exonerations listed 1,900 defendants who were convicted of crimes and later exonerated because they were innocent; 47% of them were African Americans, three times their rate in the population.”
How bizarre that a simple fact made S.E. Cupp so frantic that she resorted to rambling about white women. There is only one thing left to say: