Jussie Smollett, former “Empire” actor was released from protective custody on March 16th after serving less than a week of his initial sentence. WHY? Because this fake hate-crime hoaxer and narcissist refused to eat. WOW! No doubt a lesser man would have been driven to eat by prescribed methods allowed in jail. Once I was in the hospital for 14 days following severe stomach issues – they placed me on IV and told me I was not allowed to eat until they could properly diagnose the issue. It wasn’t until my system calmed down enough that they discovered I needed my gallbladder removed. My only point here is that medically trained professionals exist – presumably even in Cook County Jail and this stunt has gravely injured Americans.
On March 10th Smollett was found guilty on 5 counts of felony disorderly conduct, sentenced to 150 days in Cook County Jail and ordered to pay back Chicago $120K – all for lying to police about being a victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime he staged against himself in 2019 – a sentence which any typical person would receive 3-5 years. WOW … talk about privilege!
Jussie Smollett optimizes my problem with Hollywood elites. Never will I ever spend another dollar on any movies or television – even the movies I watched growing up cannot be viewed in the same light since discovering political views of such former actors as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert DeNiro, Whoopie Goldberg and a whole host of former Hollywood stars – most whom became virtually rabid over the presidential nomination of Donald Trump.
I grew up in a different America – an inner-city experience that seemingly could be explored, not hidden away from. It was commonly known on our block of 8th Street in Troy, NY that there were two ‘rich’ families – one was white and the other black. Our 3-story, brick house (owned by my grandmother) sat in between two black-occupied homes. Racism didn’t seem to be an issue. We kids were friends or acquaintances with virtually everyone. We enjoyed playing football in the streets, baseball in the basketball courts (between 8th and 9th), climbing trees filled with pears (between 9th and 10th) along with other basic free-range discoveries of our surroundings.
In our minds the black kids living directly to our left and right were the privileged ones – we went to their houses to play video games and see feats of amazement like healthy family interactions. Mary’s backyard barbeques featuring grandfather – a seemingly frail man who had the superpower to remove his actual teeth – we were amazed!
Shows like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show, Sanford and Son, The Brady Bunch, The Munsters, Babe’s Kids, Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza – and others – all filled our televisions. And don’t get me going on monster movies – every Saturday morning we pretended to be Godzilla and any number of his adversaries – King Kong was a favorite. I still love monster movies – if having a choice, I prefer watching pretend monsters pummel each other over the damage we humans can cause each other. Truth be told, we were young and too poor to be concerned with anything past our stomachs. It wasn’t until I was older that the world crept in and made an impact on my psyche. Traits of hard work and self-reliance weren’t taught – they were adopted through necessity.
Do Not Worry – Matthew 6:25-34 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.