The only black juror in the Jussie Smollett trial, Andre Hope, spoke out to local Chicago news media about the case. Hope says none of the jurors had any arguments or disputes about the facts of the case. It was pretty open and shut in his opinion. “Common sense” is the phrase that Hope used to describe the case simply not making sense from the beginning. Hope also says that he takes no pleasure in the guilty verdict and wishes that he’d get another chance in Hollywood. His wish may remain just that considering the fact Jussie Smollett has now become an unserious internet meme.
Andre Hope is a 63-year-old married father of two sons who are about the same age as Jussie. He has probably seen his sons perform silly acts for attention or random mischief when they were younger. For adults to behave in this fashion, however, is probably a brand new experience for Mr. Hope.
Many celebrities opted to defend Jussie Smollett as soon as news of the case broke. They bought into the hate crime scenario hook, line, and sinker. Even when the reality of the “white male MAGA supporter attack” story became two African actors performing a storyline, the opinions of high-profile Jussie supporters did not waver. Many regular people like Andre Hope, on the other hand, knew it was bogus from the beginning. Hope took this train of thought to his opinion about the makeup of the jury. He says there’s no good reason why he was the only black person there and that blacks are able to see reality for what it is just as well as anyone else. The reason for a nearly all-white jury is probably due to a lack of volunteerism from the black community in Chicago but that’s another story altogether.