Tag Archives: Emmett Till

12 Years a Slave and the Obama Era

By Jonathan Chait This last weekend, I finally saw 12 Years a Slave. It was the most powerful movie I’ve ever seen in my life, an event so gripping and terrifying that, when I went to bed ten hours later … Continue reading

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Oprah Winfrey Says Trayvon Martin & Emmett Till Are The Same

Originally posted on Global Grind:
[ione_embed src=//www.youtube.com/embed/mgNJkq53l68 service=youtube width=600 height=338 type=iframe] I had the opportunity to speak with Oprah Winfrey this weekend about her new film The Butler. Oprah plays the wife of Cecil Gaines, the top butler for numerous…

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Who, what, why: Who was Emmett Till?

Beyonce has urged supporters of Trayvon Martin to be inspired by the protests that followed the death of another black teenager, Emmett Till. She is only one of a number of Americans who have drawn a parallel between the two cases … Continue reading

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Willie Louis, witness to Emmett Till lynching, dies in Illinois at 76

***Today would have been Emmett Till’s 72 birthday. RIP. ~SB***

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Barack Obama, Black President, Has Finally Entered the Room: What if Trayvon Martin Had a Gun and Stood His Ground?

By Chauncey DeVega President Obama has spoken less about race than any other President in recent memory. Today’s surprise speech on the Trayvon Martin case is a payment on that gross neglect against the debit on his account as the … Continue reading

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We’re Still Trying to Be at Home

By Jack White No one is more American than I am. Our country’s history is inscribed on my genes. Some of my ancestors came here on slave ships. One arrived on The Mayflower. Others fought in the Revolution and the … Continue reading

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How Can I Protect My Son From Becoming Another Trayvon Martin?

By Melanie Coffee Trayvon Martin. A name forever etched in the annals of America’s complex relationship with race. We all know the story. A 17-year-old armed with only a bag of Skittles, a hoodie and mocha skin is followed by a … Continue reading

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My Thoughts

Sixteen months ago I changed my profile picture to Trayvon Martin and said at the time I will not change it back until the trial concludes. Yesterday the trial concluded and I am not going to change my profile picture. Emmitt Till, Amadou Diallo, … Continue reading

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