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    Re: Scottsboro boys get posthumous pardon in 1931 ala. Rape case

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I agree it undoes nothing but its some good news.
    Just kinda adds some closure.



    Civil rights movement could be said to go back all the way to Plessy v Ferguson
    True on both counts brother.

    However, the final straw was Emmitt Till .. which led to the rise a of a minister from Atlanta named King.

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    In 1955, a 14-year-old African American teenager was brutally murdered by white men while visiting relatives in Mississippi. His name was Emmett Till. His murder and the subsequent trial of his accused killers became a lightning rod for moral outrage, both at the time and to this day. The case was not just about the murder of a teenage boy. It was also about a new generation of young people committing their lives to social change. As historian Robin Kelley states, The Emmett Till case was a spark for a new generation to commit their lives to social change. They said, "We're not gonna die like this. Instead, we're gonna live and transform the South so people won't have to die like this." And if anything, if any event of the 1950s inspired young people to be committed to that kind of change, it was the lynching of Emmett Till.
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    Re: Scottsboro boys get posthumous pardon in 1931 ala. Rape case

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    It was really started by the Plessy Decision...
    How so since Plessy just reaffirmed what already existed? It wasn't until Johnson was lynched about a decade later that the first steps were taken to change the status quo.

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    Re: Scottsboro boys get posthumous pardon in 1931 ala. Rape case

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    How so since Plessy just reaffirmed what already existed? It wasn't until Johnson was lynched about a decade later that the first steps were taken to change the status quo.
    My point was that it didn't have a "start time/date".

    The fight for equal rights for blacks had been going on in some capacity for well over a hundred years before MLK and such. The Emancipation Proclamation. The 14th Amendment. Etc.
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    Re: Scottsboro boys get posthumous pardon in 1931 ala. Rape case

    I'm glad that AL has cleared their names. It's nice for the heirs.

    I don't really like this topic.

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    Re: Scottsboro boys get posthumous pardon in 1931 ala. Rape case

    It's a nice but ultimately symbolic and nearly worthless gesture. They shouldn't have gotten a pardon. They should have been EXONERATED of any and all crimes. However, I'm sure they didn't because racism apologists would have seen this as some sort of reparations, AA treatment.
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    Re: Scottsboro boys get posthumous pardon in 1931 ala. Rape case

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackAsCoal View Post
    True on both counts brother.

    However, the final straw was Emmitt Till .. which led to the rise a of a minister from Atlanta named King.
    I agree after Emmitt Till thats when it took off started to get more and more press and started to become a larger and larger movement.


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    Re: Scottsboro boys get posthumous pardon in 1931 ala. Rape case

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    It's a nice but ultimately symbolic and nearly worthless gesture.
    That's pretty much true.

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    Re: Scottsboro boys get posthumous pardon in 1931 ala. Rape case

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    My point was that it didn't have a "start time/date".

    The fight for equal rights for blacks had been going on in some capacity for well over a hundred years before MLK and such. The Emancipation Proclamation. The 14th Amendment. Etc.
    Well I wouldn't agree that the Emancipation Proclamation had anything to do with equal rights, but that is a conversation for another day.

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    Re: Scottsboro boys get posthumous pardon in 1931 ala. Rape case

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I agree after Emmitt Till thats when it took off started to get more and more press and started to become a larger and larger movement.
    After hundreds of years of abuse and terrorism in the United States, the murder of Till is when we recognized that rights is America are not determined by what is just, fair, humane, civil .. or what Jesus would do. Rights in America are solely determined by what you can DEMAND. If you cannot demand them .. they are not your rights.

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