Jul. 25, 2020

Louis & Emmitt Till “Their Crime Of Being”

Emmett and Louis Till were both victims of what is a crime of being,” that is, being a black American. This quote came from John Wideman whose book Writing To Save A Life was read aloud on my Facebook Live Project. Louis Till was no saint and Emmitt Till was as close to innocence as a young boy could be. Yet both father and son were lynched by a nation that sought no semblance of justice for either. On this day Emmitt Till’s 79th birthday, father and son are remember for the savagery of racial injustice. One Louis Till, murdered by a military tribunal that didn’t dig enough for the facts before an unjust sentence was carried out. The other Emmitt Till, murdered a decade later by a vengeful collective of white men who felt authorized by a state that cared little for that boy’s justice only that he pay for supposedly upsetting the social structures that separated white and African American people in Mississippi. Neither Louis buried in a small box in on European soil or Emmitt buried, and reburied in a Cook County Cemetery will ever face peace until this nation pays for the harm and pain it caused both families. You see murder has no statute of limitations and America the nation was deemed guilty but America the nation has yet to have faced its punishment. “The crime of just being” has managed to continued to be promoted by this nation for way past four centuries. Isn’t it time for African Americans to relieved of the perceived sin of color in America?