I close this Black History Month with a long quote by the late Sen. John Lewis. His words have stirred my own memories of Emmett Till.
Emmett Till became my generation’s poster boy to accompany our parents’ lectures on what could happen to black children who misbehaved while on summer vacation to our Southern relatives. That despoiling of a black child’s innocence would carry over into all of our early interactions with whites. Even today, multi-millionaire entertainers, athletes, senators and a president admit that they’ve given their kids “the talk”.
Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley, became the poster mother for what would balloon into legions of black mothers whose children were, and still are, senselessly killed in America for being black.
America is a country of civilized, educated people who blatantly deny evidence of racial disparity, bias, and discrimination. That tells…
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