Kim Foxx hits on real reason for criticism of her decision to drop Smollett charges

Kim Foxx hits on real reason for criticism of her decision to drop Smollett charges
Kim Foxx, Cook County State's Attorney, in March 2018. PBS video

Ever since Cook County State’s AttorneyKim Foxx dropped all charges against actor Jussie Smollett in what seemed to be an open-and-shut case of hate crime fraud, she has been under fire. The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police has requested that the Department of Justice open an investigation, and a group of suburban chiefs of police have demanded that Foxx step down, and the FBI has opened an independent investigation into why Foxx sealed the records in the case.

To those of us who are not attorneys, Foxx’s behavior appears suspicious. It’s almost as though she’s covering for Smollett for some reason or bending to pressure from an interested party not mentioned in connection with the case.

But to Foxx, who is an attorney, the reason for the “no confidence” vote in her actions is obvious. It is because she is black and a woman.

The Associated Press reports via The Washington Times, Foxx revealed her deduction in “a defiant and emotional address at the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.’s Rainbow Push Coalition,” where she “openly wondered if her race had something to do with the harsh criticism she’s faced.”Said Foxx:

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I have been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about. As someone who has lived in this city, who came up in the projects of this city to serve as the first African American woman in this role, it is disheartening to me … that when we get in these positions somehow the goalposts change.

Foxx subsequently clarified that it wasn’t her race per se that triggered the criticism, but rather the “white nationalists” who attended the police union’s protest against her. She never specified who exactly she had in mind, though Tom Elliott of Grabien Media hazards a guess that she meant the Proud Boys — who, despite the Left’s characterization of them as neo-fascists — are a pro-free-speech, pro-liberty fraternity compromised predominantly of minorities.

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Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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