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Jussie Smollett: Neighbor Saw Suspicious Man, Police Review Surveillance

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An anonymous neighbor disclosed to TMZ that she saw one of Jussie Smollett’s attackers, a suspicious ‘redneck’ carrying a rope. Meanwhile, police continue to scan surveillance recordings for footage of the attack.

The Search Continues

After reviewing hundreds of hours of surveillance footage, Chicago authorities still have no official video of the hate crime against ‘Empire’ actor, Jussie Smollett. Police expanded their search for cameras in an effort to obtain photos of the assailants to no avail. As of now, neither photos, videos, nor a vehicle have been identified. However, they footage of Jussie walking around and still images of him in the Subway restaurant.

Chicago Police have redoubled their efforts to provide photos of the attackers. For now, they have released images of two persons of interest. Cops say the two were spotted around Jussie’s neighborhood, just between Subway and his home. The lone still image circulating news media shows the suspects on New Street, near the intersection with E. Illinois, at roughly 1:30 AM and 1:45 AM.

Spotted Before the Attack

Seen outside of the apartment building where Jussie Smollet resides was a scruffy White male. Visibly agitated, he smoked a cigarette while pacing between the parking garage and complex entrance. A woman who resides at the complex said she saw him while taking her dogs outside around 12:30 AM.

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Describing his appearance, the neighbor says he wore a blue winter beanie, hooded blue zip-up sweatshirt, and blue jeans that were too short. Beneath the jeans, she could see thick, grey hunting socks with camel-colored dress shoes. Upon further inspection, she saw what looked like rope, or clothesline, made from blue and white material protruding from his sweatshirt. She then noticed he was not alone.

Roughly 300 feet away was another male standing near a different entrance to the building. After spending 5 minutes in their presence, she got “creeped out” and returned to her apartment.

While she didn’t hear the attack, the neighbor said learned of it when she noticed security swarming the lobby. At 4 AM, she was headed to the gym when the concierge told her there had been an attack. After telling him what she saw, she was asked to speak with detectives.


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#MyWhitePrivilege Spotlights Further Racial Disparities

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#MyWhitePrivilege

Employing the hashtag #MyWhitePrivilege, Twitter users have shed light on the various ways they’ve survived interactions that frequently claim the lives of Black or brown people.

Everyone knows that the justice system unfairly prosecutes Black and brown people at a rate far harsher than their white counterparts. But the extent to which white people avoid experiencing the treatment people of color face in America is vast. One user described their experience growing up in a small town with no Black population:

“Growing up in a small town with no Black folks meant that the poor were often scapegoated. Anytime something happened or went missing, the cops were at our house looking for my brother. We survived all of those interactions though.”

As unsurprising as their experience was, they continued with details that truly highlight disparity in racial treatment with regard to the prison industrial complex. Not only did their brother evade prison, they received rehabilitation, therapy to deal with their traumas, and suffered no loss of education or employment opportunities. Throughout the thread of tweets, other users shared similar experiences with the law where despite their behavior or knowledge of their criminal history, they avoided punishment.

As Black Twitter users read the replies, some were struck with awe and others reflected on the struggles they faced. Many lamented over the difficult conversations they prepared to have with their children. The nearly 20K replies contain experiences with law enforcement through local authorities, TSA, Immigration officers, and even school police.

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Not On Our Watch! Howard Uni President Bans Campus Colonizers

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As a response to student reports of unauthorized use of The Yard, Howard University President, Wayne A.I. Frederick has released a statement demanding pet owners respect the campus.

An email sent to Howard University staff and students notified them of the President’s decision to mark the private institution’s grounds off limits. Calling the quad a “treasured site”, Frederick affirmed the community’s desire to keep the area “pristine and symbolic of all that Howard University represents.” Acknowledging the history of residents’ visitation to the campus, Frederick referenced the community relationship before making a formal decision.

“At the beginning of my presidency we held regular meetings that included students, faculty and members of the Advisory Neighborhood Committees to cultivate a town and gown relationship. I recently reached out to our local ANC and Councilwoman to engage in a dialogue. We recognize that service animals are a necessary aspect of modern-day life and we will accommodate them as needed. We appreciate pet owners respecting out campus by not bringing pets onto the private areas.”

Last week, reports of residents from gentrified surrounding areas mistreating the northwest Washington D.C. school made waves on social media. Insensitive comments regarding who was privileged to access the campus sparked public outrage among those who wanted to protect Howard’s 152-year legacy.

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Keep Walking, Colonizer! Howard University Students Say Neighbors are Disrespecting The Yard

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White people’s sense of entitlement knows no bounds and has now extended to the campus of famed HBCU, Howard University. The 152-year-old private educational institution located in D.C. has been misused by residents who believe The Yard should be accessible to them as a dog park or outdoor gym.

Students of Howard University have taken offense to colonizers and gentrifiers in northwest Washington D.C in recent years. As wealthy, White residents continue to flood areas surrounding the university, they take liberties they have neither earned nor deserve on the school grounds. Students say they “find it very disrespectful” and have noted a marked increase of such behavior throughout their attendance.

Where students would have seen one or two out-of-place dog walkers on campus in a week, they see two each day. Graduating senior, Briana Littlejohn, spoke with The DCist, about the residents’ use of the campus, stating, “You know this is a university. You know this is a historically Black university. And you feel so entitled that you’re just going to walk your dog there?” Many other attendees feel the same, but their outrage has recently been met with unreasonable alternatives by residents.

Speaking with Fox 5 correspondent, Tisha Lewis, Sean Grubbs-Robishaw who lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood said the following:

“So, they’re in part of D.C. so they have to work within D.C. If they don’t want to be within D.C., then they can move the campus. I think we just need to work together and I don’t think it should be a he or there or here…It’s our community and that’s how it should be.”

Sean Grubbs-Robishaw,

Grubbs-Robishaw admits to using the grounds as a shortcut to get to the McMillan Reservoir, a popular spot for walking/running. But his argument conveniently glosses over the fact that Howard University is a private institution while also disregarding its status as a historically Black university.

The campus has been mistreated by those new to the area as a location for picnics and other abuses. The university has yet to directly state that such activities are prohibited by residents, Alonda Thomas, a spokesperson, has said there is no policy prohibiting dogs and that the campus is “open”, meaning anyone has access to it.

Do you think the disrespect that Howard University campus is receiving is related in any way to the #DontMuteDC protest? Do you think the campus should be closed to the public?

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