This important article
An American Mourning: A Remembrance of Emmett Till, Rodney King And Trayvon Martin
(For those who still wonder why the stories of Emmett Till, Rodney King and Trayvon Martin are so importnt and related, this is a critical read… Susan)
“Emmett, your death was not in vain. Because of what happened to you, the world stopped on its axis for a moment, and black and white people in America and all over the world mourned and shared a mother’s grief. And whether what happened in the store that day was a misunderstanding, or a prank, or teenage insouciance, it was an act of resistance. I believe you were fiercely independent, theatrical and bold, and that those men saw something in you that refused to cast your eyes down, to bow. Your act of resistance, like Rosa Parks’, was heroic, and so they smashed you, gouging your eyes from their sockets, because you dared look into theirs.