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Oprah Winfrey ;Trayvon Martin paralleled Emmett Till
What We're Missing About Emmett Till's Impact on the World
Both forced the nation to talk about unwritten racial codes. They died 57 years apart, but their names and legacies may be forever merged. The reason for the second death is every bit as outrageous as the reason for the first. Police say he was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, who said he was acting in self-defense. Martin was unarmed, carrying a bag of Skittles candy and an iced tea, according to police.
Why do we still talk about the murder of Emmett Till, some plus years postmortem? I blogged on this topic last August upon the 56th anniversary of Till's brutal death back in Now his name is reappearing as national and international reporters, civil rights observers and historians are linking this famous Mississippi lynching to the recent killing of year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Wasn't Emmett Till just a kid from Chicago who went to Mississippi, got into trouble, and because of a Jim Crow violation was killed? How does his murder compare to the killing of Martin, who was not lynched in the Deep South but in the Sunshine State? My initial observation, as a writer of books on Emmett Till and the modern civil rights movement in Mississippi, is this: Back in when Emmett Till was kidnapped and lynched, local police acted quickly, the FBI came into Mississippi fast at the request of the Jackson NAACP coordinator, Medgar Evers, and even a large labor union from Chicago paid pilots to fly over the affected Delta region within a day of the event.
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S eparated by a thousand miles, two state borders, and nearly six decades, two young African American boys met tragic fates that seem remarkably similar today: both walked into a small market to buy some candy; both ended up dead. The first boy is Emmett Till, who was fourteen years old in the summer of when he walked into a local grocery store in Money, Mississippi, to buy gum. He was later roused from bed, beaten brutally, and possibly shot by a group of white men who later dumped his body in a nearby river. The second boy is Trayvon Martin, who was seventeen years old late last winter when he walked into a 7-Eleven near a gated community in Sanford, Florida, to buy Skittles and an iced tea. He was later shot to death at close range by a mixed-race man, who claimed Martin had behaved suspiciously and seemed out of place.
Home Articles Bio Speaking Contact. One was killed by virulent white racists, the other by a part-Hispanic neighborhood watchman who insists he faced a vicious attack. One was weighted down and dumped in a river; in the other case, police were called by the shooter himself. Six decades and myriad details separate the deaths of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin, two black teenagers felled by violence. Plenty of people do not see the Martin case as about race at all.
The "not guilty" verdict acquitting George Zimmerman from criminal charges in the death of year-old Trayvon Martin is scary for any number of reasons. Most of all because it reminds us that a racial era we hoped was over is not. In the Zimmerman case we have an eerie historical link to the notorious trial of the two men who in murdered year-old Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager visiting his relatives in Mississippi. Comparisons between the two cases have been drawn in a number of newspapers in recent days, but the link between the cases is a much deeper one than the comparisons suggest. At issue is not just the South and its past but who draws the boundaries that divide us as a society.