How Civil Disobedience Helps Overcome Oppression: Part 2
“The Photo that started it all”
On the early morning of Aug 28, 1955, Mose Wright was awakened by 2 men who wanted to speak to his 14-yr old nephew, Emmett “Bobo” Till, who visited from Chicago. That was the last night he was alive.
On Sept 8, 1955, Jet Magazine published the photo of Till in his casket. On Sept 19 – 23, 1955, Emmett Till’s trial in Mississippi was held. Mose Wright then pointed out Till’s killers, one of the first times a Black man accused White men of murder in the South — and lived.
The 2 men were acquitted. On Jan 24, 1956, Look magazine paid $4,000 for Till’s killers to release their confession — explaining the REAL reason why they killed Till. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t because of the “whistle”.
The 1955 photo of Till had the same effect on a generation of Black people that the 2020 video of George Floyd had — it signaled that “enough was enough” and that it was time for REAL change, no matter what…
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**About this series:
We’re showing a multi-part series on how CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE has been the main catalyst that has overcome oppression in the U.S.
Throughout history, most of the major “civil disturbances” in America have stemmed from Black people peacefully fighting for equal rights, only for the oppressor to resist. This causes a disturbance that forces the powers that be to eventually enforce laws to finally move the country forward.
We’re showing this because we still have some MAJOR work do. Yes, slavery and segregation are legally over, but there’s still Police Brutality and the root cause of all oppression — the “keep-away of wealth” — to overcome. Reparations are the main solution to this.
There’s been major resistance to addressing police brutality and solving the wealth gap issue. Major legislation doesn’t get passed/enforced without PRESSURE from the oppressed.
History has shown this time-and-time again.
Many of the clips in this series are originally from 1986’s “Eyes on the Prize”, which highlights the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. This movement allowed us to eat at lunch counters, mingle together, etc without any laws being broken. The movement became effective solely because of non-violent civil disobedience!
It’s easy to see this now, but America has been segregated much longer than integrated. There’s still much work that needs to be done if we’re going to have true “equity” in our land.
Look at what happened during the George Floyd uprisings of 2020. Sure, riots were there, but the majority of the protests were peaceful. New laws were introduced, and the way America “saw” Black people started to change.
In all, Civil disobedience has been the real catalyst for change, and this video series reminds us how effective it can be.