Sunday, July 20, 2008

Words For Warfare

“The horrific sacrifice Emmett Till and his mother made is something no family should have to make, no child or parent. But that sacrifice has also served as a beacon to the country for tolerance and acceptance.” - Cheryle Jackson

1 comments:

Pseudo-Adrienne July 21, 2008 at 8:30 PM  

"“The horrific sacrifice Emmett Till and his mother made is something no family should have to make, no child or parent.[...]"

I think if his mother hadn't left the casket open and left Emmett's mutilated body the way it was when it was pulled from the river, the incident wouldn't have had the same impact on American history and the Civil Rights Movement. The world needed to see how brutally inhumane racism was--and still is--in America. Emmett Till, the Four Little Girls, lynchings, four-hundred years of systematic dehumanization and bondage, segregation, police brutality, systematic socio-political and socioeconomic disenfranchisement, the assassination of Civil Rights leaders and activists....there's the proof if one ever questioned how much effort America put forth in order to demonstrate its hatred for the Black Community and other people of Color.

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