AS · death · Sociology · trauma

1955

Emmett Till, murdered in Money, Mississippi, nearly 62 years ago. Here is a horror of American history.

The year before, 1954, saw the Supreme Court declare separate schooling unequal, inferior, but some white folks disagreed. They said Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever in retort to the Court. Blacks had to be kept in their place at the bottom of the racial/social/economic hierarchy that supported white dominance, white superiority, white supremacy as decreed by their white Christian god.

Black people were stolen from their homelands by these Christians to be sold into a most ironic slavery in a land founded by people desiring religious freedom.

Following centuries of enslavement, decades of pseudo-freedom ensnared by vigilante terrorism, Black Codes, Jim Crow segregation, and enduring daily contempt and disrespect, Miss Rosa stayed put because Emmett Till was murdered in Money, Mississippi, 1955.

 

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