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Trayvon Martin and The Ghost of Emmett Till

July 13, 2013

Not Guilty“.

That is what the 6 person Jury in Florida returned in the George Zimmerman case, just moments ago. And although the verdict may be disappointing to some, it still is the result of our Justice system here in the United States of America, which despite it’s highs and lows, is still by far the best System of Justice in the world. But what is Justice if it ignores what is morally Right or Wrong.

To be sure, The Trayvon Martin/ George Zimmerman case has divided the country.  A strange schism that has seen both the Victim and The Assailant demonized in the media while American’s watch in earnest as if the case were the NFL’s Superbowl complete with Play-by-Play color commentary. Every legal analyst and bystander  was interviewed, and it seemed like everyone had a strong opinion on this case, from my neighbor’s 9 year old son, up to The President of the United States.  In truth, it really wasn’t George Zimmerman on trial, it was America on trial, and the world was watching and waiting to see if once again American’s could triumph or just fail themselves.  In the Case of American’s vs American’s,  we were found “GUILTY“.

One cannot help but draw parallels to a story many have forgotten about.  A child who was murdered for no reason, except for some perceived wrong. His name was Emmett Till and he was murdered on August 28, 1955, for flirting with a “White” woman. It seems so many years ago, but what really has changed? Very little apparently.

Video 1 “Licensed to Kill”

Video 2 “The Untold Story of Emmett Luis Till”

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