Nana Efua Mumford is the executive assistant to the editorial page for the WaPo and she is heartbroken that the attack against Jussie Smollett wasn’t real. She said , “I doubted Jussie Smollett. It breaks my heart that I might be right.”
But, in the article she never condemns Smollett for perpetrating the hoax. I don’t think she minded that it was a hoax, she was upset he got caught. She says now every time there is a new allegation of a racial attack, people will bring up Smollett to discredit it. But, I have an idea and it is just crazy enough that it just might work.
“I wanted to believe Smollett. I really did. I know that there is a deep, dark racist history in Chicago and, if proved true, this would be just one more point on the list. I wanted to believe him with every fiber of my being, most of all because the consequences if he were lying were almost too awful to contemplate,” Mumford wrote about her desire for another hate crime to confirm her world view that racism is rampant in her hometown.
In her high school diary-entry style rant, Mumford continued on to say that if it is confirmed to be a hoax, the incident would be “touted as proof that there is a leftist conspiracy to cast Trump supporters as violent,” yeah — ya think? Here she is wishing for a hate crime to be true so she can continue to demonize the 63 million people who voted for the president, gee — why on earth would anyone think that there is a media conspiracy?
“If Smollett’s story is found to be untrue, it will cause irreparable damage to the communities most affected. Smollett would be the first example skeptics cite when they say we should be dubious of victims who step forward to share their experiences of racist hate crimes or sexual violence,” Mumford wrote. “The incident would be touted as proof that there is a leftist conspiracy to cast Trump supporters as violent, murderous racists. It would be the very embodiment of ‘fake news.’”
Mumford explained that because she doesn’t want supporters of the president to be able to prove the media bias and efforts to demonize them — she needs this story to be true.