The Big, Bad, Dangerous Black Man

The racist narrative behind the Jussie Smollett and Liam Neeson controversies.

Photo: pxhere

(The Root originally published this essay, which I wrote in the aftermath of the recent Jussie Smollett and Liam Neeson controversies, on February 11, 2019.)

As the survivor of a violent crime, I can attest that the aftermath is, in some ways, the…

To keep reading this story, get the free app or log in.
Read the rest of this story with a free account.

You’ll also discover more fresh thinking personalized to your interests and can follow your favorite authors, publications, and topics.
Or, continue in mobile web
Already have an account? Sign in

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store