Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

-C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

March of Justice

The body of Emmitt Till, murdered in Mississippi in 1955, was exhumed today in order that an autopsy be performed. This will be the first time that Emmitt Till's body has been subjected to a forensic examination. For the few of you who might not know the story, you should check it out. It's an important part of American history. Right in line with the script, a young black boy whistles at a white woman, is brutally beaten, tortured and murdered by a group of white men, who were then summarily cleared of all charges by an all white jury. I sincerely hope that the autopsy will uncover evidence that will help to convict some of the killers. Even if they have to wheel these guys in from the nursing home, oxygen tank and all, to stand trial for their hateful acts, this is the right thing to do. If they convict anyone, those men should spend the rest of their lives in an 8 x 12 cell. I don't want to hear about what great guys they are. I don't want to hear about all the money they've given to charity. I don't want to hear about how now they love black people and even don't mind sitting next to them at a restaurant. These guys should go right to jail. Justice must be served.

e said...

hey, thanks for commenting on my blog.

the Emmett Till case has haunted me ever since i saw a documentary about it a few years ago - pretty sure the doc that got the case reopened. what is most horrifying is the image of Emmett Till in his coffin, completely mangled and disfigured from the beating he got. when compared to how handsome and baby-faced he was, it's even more horrible. amazingly, his mother insisted his funeral be open casket just so everyone could see the horror of the murder themselves.

you probably know this stuff already, but it never fails to amaze me. what a story.

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