On Yesterday the Emmett Till Center posted this video of several white supremacists gathered around his memorial asking why Black People were granted “Civil Rights” but not white people. Keep in mind that Till was a 14 year old boy from Chicago that went to Greenwood, Mississippi for the summer only to be murdered by a racist mob after a White woman lied and said that he had whistled at her. (She has since admitted this was a lie). They huddled around his memorial that had to be made Bullet proof because it had been riddled with bullets for years of racists coming by and firing shots at the memorial… a memorial to honor his memory. Emmett Till never did anything to them… and he was murdered for no reason other than being black yet- These folks resent him? He was beaten beyond recognition and thrown in a river with a cotton gin motor around his neck so that he would sink… his killers were exonerated and they believe Emmett Till gets fairer treatment than them? That black people have been treated better and that they are the ones that have been cheated?
It’s actually astonishingly audacious to watch the video- To see that flag and to know that is not only the confederate flag but the Mississippi flag. To know that the lies of “heritage” and not hate that are so often the retort when the existence of that flag as one that is purported to be representative of all Mississippians is challenged by those of us who are descendants of enslaved African People To watch them stand around a memorial that was made Bullet proof & have to realize that the memorial was made Bulletproof because it is easier to stop bullets than it is to stop racism. This video is a sad but very real reflection of the thoughts of some here in America & they are not only in the backwoods- some are in boardrooms. Some are in Congress and the Senate… and this Is a sobering reminder of the truth of our reality and existence here.
You can reach the @EmmeTillcenter on their website at emmett-till.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/TillCenter/) – They do accept donations to support the center.