The creation of a monument in memory of Emmett Till must be announced by the American president on Tuesday. Three historic sites in Illinois and Mississippi will form the memorial.
US President Joe Biden is due to announce on Tuesday the creation of a new national monument in memory of Emmett Till, a black teenager victim of a racist assassination in 1955, who became a posthumous figure in the civil rights movement, the White House said on Monday.
This symbolic act is part of the fight against resurgent racism, said the American executive. The monument will commemorate this 14-year-old black teenager kidnapped, tortured and killed in 1955 in the segregationist state of Mississippi.
The Chicago native was visiting family in the southern state and was accused of whistling a white woman. He was then abducted and his mutilated corpse was found 72 hours later in a river.
His mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, had become an activist in the civil rights movement in the United States, and will also be honored by this monument.
Three historic sites in Illinois and Mississippi will form the memorial. One will be a church in Chicago where Grandma Till-Mobley insisted that her son’s casket be left open so the huge crowd could see Emmett Till’s disfigured face.
DeSantis’ controversial remarks
Several signs commemorating the brutal murder at the scene of the event have been repeatedly vandalized over the years. The announcement from the White House comes against a backdrop of controversy around Ron DeSantis, one of the favorites for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election.
The governor of Florida is accused of wanting to minimize certain racist aspects of the history of the United States in the school textbooks of his state, considering himself to be fighting against the “virus” of “woke” values of the left.
Last week, Ron DeSantis said slavery had benefited slaves in some way. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre called the statements “erroneous” and “insulting.”
“It’s hurtful and doesn’t provide an honest account of our country’s history,” she said.
The spokeswoman said the Emmett Till memorial would be part of “the larger story of the oppression of black Americans, of their survival.”
Source: BFM TV