Al Sharpton, smaller now than during his Tawana Brawley heydays but still larger than the racist rape hoax that launched his career, eased his considerable ego onto the porch of Bill Ayers’ Chicago home like he was going to make love to the microphone whether she wanted it or not.
The het-up crowd lost a few degrees of distemper as Sharpton began to murmur like Barry White giving birth to Rudyard Kipling.
“Bill was the first black president.
And Barack threw off the yoke.
But Jussie, Jussie, Jussie.
Smollett is a smoke!”
And thus, with the most unusual launch of a presidential campaign in history, Chicago forgot about the winter night it died, and Jussie Smollett was inoculated from prosecution for the second most egregious racial hoax in American history.