65 years after Emmett Till's death, still no federal law against lynching

Till was only 14 when he was murdered after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s store. Now, in the wake of George Floyd’s death, there are renewed calls for an anti-lynching law.
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Transcript for 65 years after Emmett Till's death, still no federal law against lynching
As a reminder of some of the most horrific moments in the American history. Have also all told the course of American history to lynching of Emmett Till helped spark the civil rights movement. The killing of George Floyd has been described as a modern day lynching many believe and even hope his death will lead to a turning point long overdue in this country. Before we go on now we do have to warn you some of the images you're going to see will be difficult. Here now if you. See Steve Olson Sandra. It says something profound had in the middle of the protests in the name of George Floyd. Our kids are streets are there are people holding signs pointing to an injustice. From 1955. But. Bill lynching of Emmett Till is a wounded that runs deep. And long. Discard his death at the hand of light executioners change the course of the civil rights movement. Ali Gorton was just a child when it happened and it was painfully personal. Fourteen year old Emmett Till was her cousin she lived with him and his mother Mamie till Mobley in Chicago. I'm nothing he'd love couples you know something you know he's not people that. He was the oldest in the house he looks more or less. Out protecting. She remembers when he left to visit family down in money Mississippi and in the summer of 1955. I think in the end his mother trying to tell him. How we should be and how she acted because he wasn't ultimately might. In Mississippi. And that was the last. It was a place where many Americans at the time thought nothing of black lives we're in the century following the civil war. Hanging black bodies from a tree was a family affair this was acceptable society. The lynching photos where a reminder of the racial hierarchy. That existed that you could kill a person a black person. With impunity. And no one what care. And no one would be brought to justice. It was this picture of a lynching that led to a Poland and then a song. Staying. Wounds and hanging. Fans. How. And shooting me. Billie holiday's tape and strange fruit was to protest songs. Lynching isn't just death by hanging it occurs when an individual. Or group of individuals consider themselves to be judge jury and executioner. Nearly 5000. Black Americans lost their lives from the late eighteen hundreds to the late 1960s. And one of the lives lost was Ali Gordon's cussing and that two. Just three days into a summer trip in Mississippi a white woman named Carolyn Bryant accused the boy of whistling at her inside a grocery store. Couple days later and the two went missing in the middle of the night Bryant's husband and other family. Had taken the boy he was brutally beaten and shot in the they found what was left of his broken body in the Tallahassee river. For cultivating. The screaming. The disbelief. I don't really talk about an electric is. Exactly go. At his funeral in Chicago his mother would make a decision. That would change hearts across the. His and others. Decided if she was going to have them open. Because she won the world seed. The protests ugly. An worldwide. Started to. To show these images. It was this disturbing image of her son's swollen face but shared the unfiltered truth that moved America. It's OK I'm. Created. The streets were quiet then or now. Okay. Yeah. This court says it all feels familiar this is a challenging time for our people and we wanted to get your thoughts because we have a talk with two cents. The George Floyd incident happened. I would imagine every time you see one of these killings. It's got to be just you know a painful reminder of what you've gone through. Yes like a stab at heart. The most difficult. One from mean wants to look at Jewish people. For people responsible for his death. I know that other people were around and Hastings who have not cared at all would you call this a modern day lynching definitely. Definite sense not of appointments described its. Last fall she traveled back to Mississippi with a family to replace a black. That marks the river bank where her cousin's body was found. Over the years the memorial had been shot at and vandalized many times. We have to fight to try and change the world and this is what in this month but wanted to do. It's hard to believe but there is no federal law against lynching over the years congress has tried more than 200 times earlier this year mr. Gordon and her daughter Erica traveled to Washington to push for the Emmett Till anti lynching. Debater to the house. It is currently stalled in the senate over concerns from one man Kentucky Republican Rand Paul. He was arguing over how leaching should be defined. But as history teaches us progress comes when people who have less of a reason to care. June and there's hope that this has happened.

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