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On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a young 14-year old Black teenager was brutally murdered by two White males who were identified by eyewitnesses during the trial proceeding. The All-White jury acquitted them anyway. Many “experts” are quick to explain such miscarriage of justice by blaming the era for the behavior of the White jurors who acquitted the murderers despite overwhelming evidence against them. The not-guilty verdict in the murder of Emmett Till was not anomaly of the time; it was the most public statement by society – controlled then by Whites, controlled now by Whites– that crimes committed by their peers will be overlooked at the very least, but definitely NOT punished. The All White jurors set the stage for the American justice system vis-à-vis Blacks. They do not deserve justice; they should not get justice.
A fact that has permeated throughout the police force; even rookie cops are emboldened by the power they have to do wrong to Blacks without any fear of punishment, which might help to explain the reason police officers ALWAYS point their guns at Blacks in every interaction; they refer to every Black they interact with a suspect; they are already guaranteed protection and defense in a society controlled by Whites who are determined to keep the treatment of Blacks just the way it has always been since slavery. Blacks have no rights. There was no recourse for Blacks then; there is no recourse for Blacks now.