Empire actor Jussie Smollett's brother claims that the black community has "a lot of homophobia in it" and believes that Jussie would've gotten more support from the community if he wasn't gay.
In an interview with REVOLT TV, Jussie's brother Jake Smollett gave his opinion on the black community at large after his brother's sentencing. "Our community (referring to the black community) innately has a lot of homophobia in it, and they leveraged that fact," he continued. "They knew ultimately that Jussie was not gonna get the same type of support as if he was a straight black man."
He believes that Jussie wouldn't have been convicted, let alone sentenced, if he wasn't out, "I find it very difficult to believe that it would've ever gotten this far if Jussie was a straight black man ... Celebrities, common people, everyone, we need to think about the fact that literally society at large failed him."
Jake pleads, "Hopefully one day the truth can come out and it will be as clear as day. I don't know how we don't see it now, but hopefully someday that happens," he continues. "And when that day does happen it's really a shame that it took that long for people to understand."
Smollett claims that "as a straight black man" he has no doubts the black community would have been treated him differently than his brother.
Jussie's other brother Jojo Smollett also spoke out recently revealing that his family received a “very morbid-sounding” “pure evil” call following Smollett’s conviction. The caller allegedly introduced himself as “Hi, this is n***** lives matter." The call went on rambling about what he hopes happens to Jussie in jail.
Jojo claims that their family were no strangers to abuse and prank calls, but he admitted that this call felt "more sinister than usual."