I’ve done a lot of research on Emmett Till, and I’ve written a lot of blog posts about him. If you have never heard his story, allow me to tell you about it:
Emmett Till was a little boy from Chicago, where racism was not as strong in the 1950s. He has family down in the Mississippi Delta, so his mother allowed him to travel down south to visit his relatives. While he was in Mississippi, Emmett and some friends went down to a local grocery store to buy some candy. There was a white woman working the counter, and Emmett allegedly made obscene and rude remarks to her. Her husband was away on business, but when he returned, he decided to track down the boy. The woman’s husband, Roy Bryant, went to Emmett’s uncle’s house and took Emmett in the middle of the night. To make a long and grotesque story short, Emmett was murdered that night. His body was discovered in the river a few days later.
Emmett Till was on of the martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement, which is tragic because he was only fourteen at the time of his death. What’s even more tragic is that way that Lil Wayne, a popular African American rapper, recently disrespected Emmett and his family.
In one of his songs, Lil Wayne uses the line “beat the pussy up like Emmett Till,” which the Till family finds gross and disrespectful. They are asking him to join the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation in efforts to “educate and restore” Emmett Till’s name. Emmett wad Mamie Mobley Till’s only child.
People, such as Lil Wayne (Who’s real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.), are forgetting their heritage. Without the sacrifices of Emmett Till and many others, African Americans may have never gotten the right to vote and other civil liberties that all humans deserve.
You can read more about this story here.
You can read more of my work on Emmett Till here.