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Smollett prosecutor implies backlash against her may have been racially-motivated

On Saturday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx defended her office’s decision to drop all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, maintaining that the “Empire” star received the same treatment as many before him who have been acquitted on similar charges, the Washington Times reported.

The story: Speaking at the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.’s Rainbow Push Coalition, Foxx wondered whether her race had something to do with the backlash she faced after her office announced it dropped all criminal charges against Smollett who was accused of staging a hate crime against himself.

“I have been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about,” she said. “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.”

Amid calls for her to resign, Foxx revealed she planned on running for re-election next year when her tenure expires.