Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Victim was not lynched

While I enjoyed JoEllen Collins' article concerning the moral conundrum created by the many video-sharing Web sites such as YouTube, I must make a correction. Emmett Till was not lynched as stated in the article. In fact, it was the extremely abhorrent way in which he was killed that led his mother to demand that the casket be left open, and it was the pictures taken of his mutilated face (and the results of the trial) that solidified the story as part of the canon of events credited with building the momentum of the civil rights movement. Sadly, I'm not sure we would have ever heard of Emmett Till had he simply been lynched.

Jacob Dean


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