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Jussie Just US: Smollett Outrage, Injustice Hunting and the Look at Me Generation

Lij Teodrose Fikremariam
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Lij Teodrose Fikremariam

Lij Teodrose Fikremariam is the co-founder and former editor of the Ghion Journal. He is currently the chair of Ethiopians for Constitutional Monarchy. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Lij Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Lij Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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I was very hesitant about jumping on the latest media outrage and initially decided to stay away from the unfolding Jussie Smollett drama. However, after witnessing the case play out and the way people are using this incident to prove points, I decided to jump in for one simple reason: how we are reacting to Smollett reveals more about us than the way Smollett exposed himself. Though I am loathe to predetermine his guilt before…

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