In late 2016, a marker placed at the spot where Emmett Till’s body was found was riddled with bullets. Now, several miles away, a memorial marking the store where he was falsely accused of threatening a white woman in 1955 has been defaced.
Most of us know the story.
In 1955, Emmett Till was brutally beaten and killed while visiting family in Mississippi after a white woman named Carolyn Bryant claimed that he was “inappropriate” towards her – common lore is that he whistled at her. An all-white jury found the two accused men innocent, despite a mountain of evidence, and were never convicted.
While most people assumed that Till was innocent, a writer by the name of Timothy Tyson was actually able to track down Bryant and get her side of the story.
She lied. And her lies sentenced a 14-year-old boy from Chicago to a death that left his body unrecognizable when it was found days later.
One the reasons so many of the historical acts of violence against Black people in the United States go unanswered is due to statutes of limitations and other legal barriers to achieving equal justice for these crimes. President Obama is addressing this problem just as he prepares to leave office in 2017.
The murder of Emmett Till is considered to be a landmark in the Civil Rights Movement that sparked a powerful public reaction due to the severity of the crime and the publicity it received. Now, it appears that this is a part of history some people would like to do without.
A memorial marking the place where Till’s body was found along the Mississippi River in 1955 has been riddled with bullet holes, some of which have been there for years.
Oprah Winfrey is currently getting rave reviews – and Oscar buzz – for her role in the upcoming Lee Daniels film “The Butler.”
During a recent interview, Winfrey discussed the new film and how it will impact audiences, considering the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
“It’s so easy during this time… Trayvon Martin paralleled Emmett Till, let me just tell ya. In my mind. Same thing.
Earlier this week we reported that Lil Wayne had issued a letter to Emmett Till’s family, apologizing for using Till’s name in the song “Karate Chop.”
Well, a spokesperson for the family dismissed the apology, claiming that it was inadequate.
“While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned,” Airickca Gordon-Taylor, who is also executive director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, said.
After threats to jeopardize his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew, Lil Wayne has issued a formal apology to the family of Emmett Till.
Wayne offending many with lyrics in Future’s “Karate Chop (remix)” that referenced the Civil Rights martyr in a profane way:
“Pop a lot of pain pills / ‘Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels / Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till / Yeah …”
The family of the late Emmett Till have not forgotten about an offensive Lil Wayne lyric invoking the Civil Rights martyr’s name.
And although the song – Future’s “Karate Chop” remix – has been pulled from airwaves, Wayne has yet to apologize.
So the Till family plans to pressure corporate sponsor Mountain Dew to drop their endorsement deal with the rapper.
Epic Records has announced they will be going to “great efforts” to pull a leaked song that features a Lil Wayne lyric that references Emmett Till.
The line, from Future’s “Karate Chop” remix features the line, “Pop a lot of pain pills / ‘Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels / Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till / Yeah …”
Yesterday, we reported that the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation were deeply offended by the lyric, and demanded it be taken down.
By Kymone Freeman
“Things gotta change and it’s up to us to change it” – Chelsea James
These were the words of a 17-year-old senior at King H.S. who helped organize a peaceful march in protest of the rampant violence in Chicago that the school, the mayor and until recently, the president ignored in his hometown. The irony of symbolism isn’t lost on the fact that a school named after Dr. Martin Luther King, prince of peace and non-violence who himself was gunned down, is now the site of the rumblings of a renewed movement in the Fight Against Violence.
“Silence is betrayal” -MLK