The Divide: Hate Hoax?

The Divide” is a weekly commentary that aims to find common ground on an issue dividing Americans. Each week, Brandi Kruse tackles topics including gun control, free speech, policing, and politics.

This week: Empire actor Jussie Smollett is charged with falsely claiming to be the victim of a hate crime. While the story has divided Americans, it should actually be bringing us together.

EDITOR'S NOTE: On March 26, charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped in the case and his record expunged. Smollett maintains his innocence.