Yesterday I saw in tabloids in both the USA and the UK articles relevant to a non-fiction book I read for review (via netgalley) last year. The book was The blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B Tyson. Now I don’t wanna use this blog to lecture anyone about their beliefs of impose mine on others. But I do think books like this are very important and access at colleges, schools and University could serve to broaden many minds. As stated in my review below, I was not alive in this era, nor am I American. But I can see the huge importance of this books message.
New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/books/review/blood-of-emmett-till-timothy-b-tyson.html?_r=0
This book is a comprehensive look at the racism, hatred and violence that led to Emmett Till’s death and how it contributed to the civil rights movement.
I have long known the violent death that Emmett Till suffered, despite being only born in the 1980’s and British. However I never knew the details and how his death played a part in the greater history of civil rights. This book provides all that, it is well written and backed up with factual references and court testimony. Personally I would like to see this book made available in schools, to educate the next generation on the brutality and violence that comes with racism and hatred.
The book often reflects on the modern day race struggle, that is well documented in media in America. The last chapter and the epilogue being the most poignant. I must admit my concluding thoughts did drift to the more recent murder of Trayvon Martin and how his family were also denied justice. Obvisously there are differences within each case, however the central reasoning for the deaths seemed to be ‘they were black teenagers, who dared to be black teenagers’!
Emmett Till is a name that I sincerely hope never fades from history and most importantly never fades from history in times where racist rhetoric seems to become the ‘norm’. It is important that we are learn from history or we will repeat the same mistakes. Or in this case we learn from the history or continue to make the same mistakes.