Speaking of 'offensive...'

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Speaking of 'offensive...'

...OtBB would direct attention to today's Southampton Press Western Edition Letter to the Editor signed by one Brenda Simmons who identifies herself as "Chair, African-American Museum of the East End, Southampton."

Captioned "Join The Conversation" and belatedly inviting readers to attend last Thursday's...

"...opening night of the eighth annual Black Film Festival..."

...Ms. Simmons attempts to equate the blatantly racist abduction, torture and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 Money, Mississippi, with last year's shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

I realize that this is the "party line" of the NAACP, Oprah Winfrey and singer Beyonce, but it is both ignorant and supremely offensive.

And I will add the same disclaimer I did the last time I wrote about this matter:

"The author is a 70-something Caucasian-American who resides in Westhampton Beach and has been the victim of Black-on-White crime."

I cannot reasonably expect the "Black universe" to "get over it," but know that the name and legacy of Emmett Till is dishonored every time his name and murder is linked to the death of Trayvon Martin.

Comments

1. Hampton West said...

There is a very cynical side to some of those who say they champion civil right's; its become a business, a source of employment, a source of power, and these individuals need racial incidents to keep themselves entrenched. Emmett Till was a totally different case than Treyvon Martin; the Till case was murder based on skin color at its worst. To equate the two dishonors the Emmett Till memory, just as much as those who equate the Treyvon Martin case with Martin Luther King. Its used to further an agenda, keep power, and sometimes keep one employed.

Sad!

I go even farther... it's disgraceful.
Dean

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