After the Uvalde massacre, Emmett Till’s name is once again at the center of a nationwide conversation, this time about gun control. Till was the 14-year-old boy who was lynched by a group of white men in Mississippi in 1955. Images of his mutilated body shocked the country and incensed civil rights activists.
As people inside and outside of newsrooms wrestle with whether showing brutal images of murdered children could inspire people and politicians to take collective action, Emmett’s family speaks about power and pain, and the impact and limitations of an image.
Today, in honor of June 16, we begin a week of episodes about the Black experience by asking: Is this country in the middle of another Emmett Till moment?
Read the full transcript here.
Host: Gustave Arellano
Guests: LA Times reporter Marissa Evans
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