Jussie Smollett’s race card is about to be declined

(CNN)I received an odd text from an African-American friend this week who wanted to offer his take on the plight of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Simpson was able to rally support for himself during and after his murder trial by “deciding to become a black man.” He attended black churches for support, huddled with civil right activists, said he was a victim of a racist conspiracy — he did everything but don a dashiki. Smollett, too, has claimed he is a victim of white racism and gained initial support from black leaders. But in a new era where Donald Trump is in the Oval Office, Bill Cosby is in jail and R&B singer R. Kelly is headed to court, Smollett …