Remembering Emmett Till In Song

In 2005, a painting of hers called “Coma,” of an unconscious man in a dream world of abstract color, was in a group exhibition at Greene Naftali Gallery, in Chelsea, along with works by Amy Sillman, Jacqueline Humphries, Laura Owens, and other contemporaries. “It was a great show—I was glad to be in it—but I felt that my painting was like a brick, a stuffy little brick,” she said. “Now I like it a lot, but at the time the other paintings in the show felt more expansive—there was air and gesture and fluidity in them. I didn’t know how to do that, but I wanted to try.” She thinned down her medium—until then, she had been using a lot of oil paint, building it up in impastos so thick they were almost sculptural.

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  • Open Casket by Dana Schutz on display at the Whitney Museum in New York.
  • Yes, when they came that night, that Sunday morning, he and I were in the same bed.
  • Huie did not ask the questions; Bryant and Milam’s own attorneys did.
  • Till’s body was shipped to Chicago, where his mother opted to have an open-casket funeral with Till’s body on display for five days.
  • At this time, blacks made up 41% of the total state population.
  • But from one artist to another, and to be fair to Dana, I researched her.

The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act was signed into law on October 7, 2007. Its goal is to reopen and reevaluate cold cases and violent crimes that were committed against African Americans before 1970. A few civil rights cold cases have been reopened and solved since.

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“What’s the purpose of it?” And then their mothers or fathers or a curator, whoever is leading them through the museum, they’ll begin to explain to them the story, what happened to Emmett. And how a racist jury knew that these men were guilty, but then they go free. They’ll get a chance to hear the story, then they’ll be able to… Perhaps, a lot of these young kids perhaps, they will dedicate their lives to law enforcement or something like that.

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The day before the start of the trial, a young black man named Frank Young arrived to tell Howard he knew of two witnesses to the crime. Levi “Too Tight” Collins and Henry Lee Loggins were black employees of Leslie Milam, J. W.’s brother, in whose shed Till was beaten. Sheriff Strider, however, booked them into the Charleston, Mississippi, jail to keep them from testifying.

The prosecution was criticized for dismissing any potential juror who knew Milam or Bryant personally, for fear that such a juror would vote to acquit. Afterward, Whitaker noted that this had been a mistake, as those who knew the defendants usually disliked them. One juror voted twice to convict, but on the third discussion, voted with the rest of the jury to acquit. In later interviews, the jurors acknowledged that they knew Bryant and Milam were guilty, but simply did not believe that life imprisonment or the death penalty were fit punishment for whites who had killed a black man. However, two jurors said as late as 2005 that they believed the defense’s case.

However, the argument that any attempt by a white cultural producer to engage with racism via the expression of black pain is inherently unacceptable forecloses the effort to achieve interracial cooperation, mutual understanding, or universal anti-racist consciousness. There are better ways to arrive at cultural equity than policing art production and resorting to moralistic pieties in order to intimidate individuals into silence. Indeed, the decolonization of art institutions that Black’s supporters claim to want entails critical analysis of systemic racism coupled with a rigorous treatment of art history and visual culture. At the press preview a few days before, there had been much talk, pro and con, about Jordan Wolfson’s “Real Violence,” an immersive, ninety-second staged video of a white man beating and stomping another white man to death, accompanied by an audio recording of a Hebrew prayer. He was joined from time to time by other silent protesters. That afternoon, a British-born artist and writer named Hannah Black posted a letter to the curators Lew and Locks on Facebook, demanding not only that “Open Casket” be removed from the show but that it be destroyed.

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The warrant itself was discovered last month by searchers inside a file folder that was placed inside a box, Leflore County Circuit Clerk Elmus Stockstill told the AP. On a rainy day in 2014, an American sycamore tree was planted on the Capitol Grounds in memory of Emmett Till. Architect of the CapitolStephen Ayersserved as master of ceremonies. Those present at the tree planting included Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). Also present were Eugene Robinson of the “Washington Post,” Scott Pelley of CBS Evening News and Janet Langhart Cohen, author of the play “Anne and Emmett.”