The more time passes, unfortunately the more things stay the same. On August 28, 1955 a boy was accused of whistling at a white woman, who was a cashier at a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. The woman claimed the boy had grabbed her, made lewd advances and whistled at her as he strolled out of the store.
Four days later, that boy Emmett Till (a resident of Chicago), was dragged from the relatives home, he was visiting for the summer, by the woman’s husband and half-brother. Till, a 14 year old boy, was ordered to carry a 75-pound cotton-gin fan to the bank of the Tallahatchie River and was brutally beaten to near death. The two men gouged out his eyes, shot him in the head, tied his body to the fan with barbed wire and then threw him into the river. His disfigured body was found 3 days later and he was only identified by a ring that had his initials, that was still on the corpse. The men stood trial for Till’s murder, but they were acquitted by an all-white male jury. The more time passes, unfortunately the more things stay the same.
In 2017 the author of the book The Blood of Emmett Till, Tim Tyson, wrote that the woman, who had falsely accused Till of lewd behavior, recanted her testimony and admitted that Till had not done what she had earlier accused him of. This is the definition of White Privilege, in case you claim not understand what White Privilege is. Emmet Till was beaten and killed in 1955, but White Privilege is still part of the fabric of our nation.
Breana Rachelle Harmon, a 19-year-old who lives in North Texas, lied and said she was kidnapped and raped by three black men in ski masks last year (2017). The Dallas Morning News reported that the woman, who had been charged with a felony, received a minor slap on the wrist deferred-adjudication probation deal, that will be dismissed after she completes the court requirements. NewsOne has an interesting article on the Breana Rachelle Harmon case, that we included with this post. The more time passes, unfortunately the more things stay the same.
On March 24 at 8p et 7p ct 5p pt, MSNBC will air a special called ‘Hope and Fury’:The Movement and the Media. From what I have seen, this special looks like it will be interesting and informative. I viewed a section of the film, that discusses the Emmett Till murder, that will move you emotionally. I recommend everyone take the time to see the film.
K Rose, SoMetro News Editor
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