Just when you think it just may be possible that racism isn't a problem anymore, the bigots remind us it is.

An Associated Press story this week covered two events involving the late Emmett Till.

Till was 14 when, in August 1955, he was visiting relatives in Mississippi.

With some friends, Till was in a small store near Money, Mississippi, when a white woman accused him of grabbing her wrist and uttering a few obscenities. Many years later, she admitted that was not true.

But in 1955 in Mississippi, the woman's claim was enough for some white men to kidnap Till, torture him, beat him to unconsciousness and drown him. After his body was recovered, his mother insisted on an open casket service. She wanted people to see what vicious racists had done to her son.

Again, he was 14 years old. No one was ever convicted of killing him.

Many years later, a memorial to Till was erected near where he was killed. A few weeks ago, it was replaced — with bulletproof materials. The memorial had been vandalized so frequently that those responsible for it hoped a sturdier one could stand up to the abuse. It also had been stolen and thrown in a nearby river at one point.

Surveillance cameras were installed at the memorial. They captured a visit to it by members of the League of the South, a group of whites who also recorded themselves at the memorial.

An idea of what the league stands for can be gained by a comment one of them made: "We are here at the Emmett Till monument that represents the civil rights movement for blacks," he said. "What we want to know is where are all of the white people." The league, incidentally, has condemned "the browning of America."

So there you have it.

Clearly, racism is still a problem in America.

(24) comments

bootsielawson

I see our local wing of the kkk is quite active today, did they all see and a tree and a rope unattended? As for bewilderment, only your mental health team can answer that!

DeftCurmudgeon

Just a reminder - the KKK was a Democrat Party founded organization.

You guys just hid your hoods and robes once you realized you needed the black vote to win elections.

Carry on.

LVW

From History.com:

December 24, 1865: In Pulaski, Tennessee, a group of Confederate veterans convenes to form a secret society that they christen the “Ku Klux Klan.” The KKK rapidly grew from a secret social fraternity to a paramilitary force bent on reversing the federal government’s progressive Reconstruction Era-activities in the South, especially policies that elevated the rights of the local African American population.

bishopsboy

Dear LVW, "....those progressive Reconstruction Era activities championed by the newly formed Republican Party...." - Fixed it for you. You're welcome! [smile]

Whalebroc

LV, notice how your source tried to subtly put the term “ Progressive” in there. I wonder if they wanted to use the same term that brought us the eugenics movement, planned parenthood, etc that were attacks on black Americans (among others).

One of our area’s finest , Democrat Woody Wilson was one of their ringleaders.

mattnamyj

Liberals are so weak minded they can't argue using facts or ideas, rather they resort to shouting opposing views down using worn out labels. With all that is going on in the world this is their focus? Sad!

sbsheridan

You claim that liberals are weak-minded, fact-averse, disruptive (shouting), and uncreative (using worn out labels). Look over the comments on this string, and tell me who is avoiding facts and just shouting out opposing views without support. I don't think it's the liberals.

newshound

Racism, complaining, speeding, robbing, and killing--these continue and exactly how is society supposed to ELIMINATE it when you're dealing with imperfect people??

DANT

Racism is alive and well because the the race baiting Democrats will never let it die.... they have used it to convince minorities to vote for them. There is as much racism against whites, orientals, and Indians as there is against blacks but you'll never here it covered on the race baiting liberal news outlets! Most folks get along fine until some race baiting politician starts bringing up stories from 100 years ago...shameful to say the least!

sammy708

So Dant, you are telling us that you have to go back 100 years to find Racism in America. You are shameful Sir to even spill that out of your mouth!

R B Tate

He didn't say any such thing. You might want to reread DANT's post, or get a 9 year old to do it for you. Your reading skills might not be so shameful if you went to schools back in the day of Harry F. Byrd.

DANT

Thanks, RB Tate, I'd say sammy probably didn't finish high school...maybe grade school, so I kind of look over the ignorant rants he posts.

LVW

Is racism still a problem? I'm going to go out on a limb and say the answer to that question depends on the race of the person answering it.

sbsheridan

More of the same (but more subtle) can be found in comments made about the flipping of the General Assembly from red to blue. A number of readers saw this as an omen of mob rule (by the residents of Northern Virginia), or the browning of America, or a reason to divide Virginia into two states. Whether you live in McLean or McGaheysville, we're all Virginians, peacefully trying to make the best lives possible for ourselves.

bishopsboy

Dearest Susan, you need only look in the mirror to see racism. What makes you think I'm not black or brown or have black or brown friends or family members? Or are only white people allowed to be conservatives? Some of the most racist people on this planet are lily white liberals with a superior attitude. Do you realize how many black and brown people hate white liberals who patronize them based on their skin color? It's a lot. Don't believe me? Just ask a few.

sbsheridan

So?

bishopsboy

Dear Susan, that attitude and response is what the KKK offers. When will you liberals stop judging people by the color of their skin instead of the content of their characters?

sbsheridan

Oh puh-lease! My comment spoke to my bewilderment...what are you trying to say, other that I'm bad and you're good?

R B Tate

Historical memorials and statues being vandalized, defaced, and removed by lunatics seems to be a regular occurrence.

sammy708

This paper has the gall to talk about the evils of Racism when the former owner of this paper is a well known Racist. And for decades it followed the Racist owner's lead in the Anti Civil Rights movement. Don't believe me all of you Harry F. Byrd lovers, research it! It's all there to see. This paper never creases to amaze me. Question for this paper, why do you support this Racist Trump?

DANT

sammy, show us proof of Donald Trump being racist. I have seen more photo's of him with black celebrities and and sports figures than Obama. I have never seen him in a blackface photo like "coon Man" the racist governor. So I guess you'll now admit Northam is a racists...right?

sbsheridan

Oooooo ... celebrities and sports heroes!

newshound

The "racist" you mention is dead. So that label now applies to every modern-day employee of the DN-R?

sammy708

If the shoe fits, wear it DNR employee!!!!!! I saw them in action!

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