Emmett Till

June 9th, 2014

I had never heard of Emmett Till.  But he was my last thought before falling asleep last night ~  Emmett was a 14 year old boy visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta.  Accused of being flirtatious with a white shopkeeper, he was beaten and shot.  Then his body was dropped in the Tallahatchie River with a gin-mill fan barbwired around his neck.  His picture is seared in my mind.  I heard many stories of injustice on our first day of the tour.  Horrible stories, but the basketball appearance of this boy’s corpse is probably seared into my mind.  There are no words to capture this kind of horror.  The story can be found here:

Teen Emmett Till Victim Of Kidnapping, Brutal Murder On This Day In 1955

A quote from MLK:  “We will never have peace in the world until men everywhere recognize that ends are not cut off from means, because the means represent the ideal in the making, and the end in process.  Ultimately you can’t reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree.”


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