Chicago’s hoaxer being tried on criminal charges;
Madison’s fabulator gets off scot free!
Jussie Smollett goes on trial today to answer for the hoax he (O.K., “allegedly”) pulled in Chicago back in January 2019. His story (and he’s sticking to it): the black TV actor went out for a submarine sandwich in 20-below zero weather after midnight but was assaulted by two white men who poured bleach on him and wrapped a noose around his neck. Which he conveniently wore into the police station.
The City of Chicago expended thousands of hours investigating Smollett’s fable; the city’s reputation was besmirched, Smollett poisoned race relations throughout the nation.
Smollett is charged with six low-level felonies — but only after Cook County’s Woke district attorney originally refused to prosecute. Chicago’s police union demanded a second look; a judge appointed a special prosecutor.
Would that Madison’s police union showed the same spine! The Emerald City has its own faker, 18-year-old Althea Bernstein.
Burning with victim envy
On the June 2020 night that Capitol statues were torn down and city hall firebombed, the biracial woman concocted her own “Juicey Smo-lee-yay.” Four white “frat boys” squirted lighter fluid into the open window of her car whilst stopped for a red light at the intersection of State and Gorham Streets. Except that downtown Madison is on camera 24/7 and no evidence of the assault could be found.
U.S. Attorney Scott Blader concluded:
After a thorough investigation into the events of June 24, 2020, including extensive interviews, exhaustive review of traffic and surveillance video, and expert review of digital and forensic evidence, federal investigators determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove that a violation of any federal criminal statute occurred. Further, after reviewing all available evidence, authorities could not establish that the attack, as alleged by the complainant, had occurred.
We reproduced video of Ms. Bernstein driving through the intersection unmolested. Not even a red light. As we said then, Althea Bernstein cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars on a wild goose chase. “The Madison Police Department dedicated significant resources to this case,” acting Police Chief Vic Wahl said in October 2020.
Who’s got ‘privilege’?
Victor Davis Hanson makes the same point about Kenosha and Waukesha: why were the four who attacked Kyle Rittenhouse not locked up? “All four whom Rittenhouse fired at … had lengthy arrest records. Three were convicted felons; the fourth had a long arrest record.”
Rittenhouse was held on $2 million bail while Darrell Brooks was released on paltry bail!
An alien from Mars who examined Brooks’s life of crime, his recent violence, and the ease with which he was serially let loose upon the public might have concluded some sort of “privilege” as the cause of exemption.
In Kenosha the media and the Left ginned up race when there was no such component in the trial. But in Waukesha they kept largely silent when there clearly was racial hatred — given Brooks’ own record of anti-white and anti-Semitic venom.
We said then that “Althea’s story that was never plausible” except to those — like Mayor Satya, The Capital Times, and other progressives — who put their faith in endemic white racism. Madison’s Woke insomniacs ought to ponder why so many social justice warriors feel they must concoct white hate crimes.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Dane County does not prosecute our own, local racial arsonist because she identifies as a black victim. Simple as that. Madison has its own John Chisholms.