To enact change in the world, we must protest - National Geographic
Posted: 19 Jun 2020 03:15 PM PDT
America has been plunged into another Emmett Till moment of racial reckoning and soul searching. The protests and acts of civil disobedience currently roiling the nation will continue to flare like California wildfires. They must. This nation was built on protest.The excruciating images of the final tortured moments of George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody on a Minneapolis street last month, must continue to fuel a national fury. The nature of Floyd's death forces America to confront an immoral reality: the United States remains stubbornly committed to a long-standing practice of violent and often lethal policing of African Americans.Till would have turned 79 next month had he lived. Instead, the 14-year-old black boy was lynched in 1955. A native of Chicago, Till was visiting relatives in rural Mississippi when he committed the capital crime of whistling at a white grocery store clerk. Hours later, he paid in blood.
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