Emmett Till: His Case Still Matters

Earl Ofari Huchinson, writing at the Huffington Post, explains why Emmett Till's case still matters. I agree with him, and I also think the dedication of filmmaker Keith Beauchamp should receive greater attention. Without the film, I don't believe the case would ever have been reopened.

Blaghdaddy disagrees with the exhumation of Mr. Till's body, and the re-opening of the case, using graphic language that would trigger the alarm bells of censor software used by law firms and get TalkLeft banned, but feel free to argue with him over there.

All of TalkLeft's Emmett Till coverage is accessible here.

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    Re: Emmett Till: His Case Still Matters (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:38 PM EST
    You're absolutely right, TL, Blagh disagrees whole-heartedly with this entire charade... Is anyone telling Blaghdaddy that the tests they will perform on old "young" Emmitt are new-tech tests that weren't available before? That this "new Technology" allows clues to emerge that weren't already there to read as his body lay mouldering in the pine box for five decades? Blagh doesn't hear that...all Blagh hears is a bunch of suddenly concerned law enforcement agencies who now want to know "Who Killed Emmitt?" To them, Blagh has a hearty "Fozad," and incidentally, The Family is against this...so on who's behalf is this being done? Someone who plans to run for office? Someone who wants to be known as the guy who cracked the "Till" case? Too bad that when it happened, and over the last FIFTY YEARS, they looked harder for the guy who left marijuana roaches in the trash at Woodstock...

    Re: Emmett Till: His Case Still Matters (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:38 PM EST
    Hey TL, Blagh happened to notice you came by today and left a comment on his "Emmitt Till" blog...thanks for coming by! However...Blagh hopes something disastrous didn't suddenly befall TL while TL was posting its apparently uncompleted message...or was that intentional?

    Re: Emmett Till: His Case Still Matters (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:40 PM EST
    I think the case should definitely be prosecuted, if possible. This was one of the great crimes of the century. If the #$%%$s who perpetrated this crime are still around, why should they be allowed to enjoy their retirement? I understand the family's reluctance, but the crime was against the entire community, not just one family. That is the theory of our criminal justice system.
    Someone who plans to run for office?
    Is the prosecutor motivated by self-interest? Of course. I don't know any cases otherwise. The ill-motives of the prosecutor, however, don't excuse the guilt of the scumbags who perpetrated this act, nor the damage this and othe similar lynchings did to this country for many, many years.
    My two-cents.

    Re: Emmett Till: His Case Still Matters (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:41 PM EST
    I took a lot of time collecting the links for the comment I made about this in dailykos, so I would like to point readers to there to get more context about what's going on with the family. Basically, there are family members, two of whom were in the house the night of the kidnapping, one of whom was sleeping in bed with Till when he was taken, who have been asking for this investigation. Bobby Rush helped get the investigation re-opened, he is I think Wright's congressman. All this after Beauchamp's research revealed that there were still people alive who were involved. Sure, there are political motivations, but there are also people involved, survivors of the crime who back the investigation. I think rather than question the timing or the motivation, we should support these people. I wish the people who are reading and posting could have heard Wright talk about what this case means to him and meant to his father. I would like to see convictions in this case of the accomplices particularly because the two men who were in front of it all thumbed their noses at the law - sold their story to Look magazine after the acquittal, and they and their accomplices got off scott-free. It's just so egregious, I think everyone involved needs to be brought to account.