There are numerous reasons to tremble in the face of President Donald

Trump’s cabinet, as each member is dedicated to weakening the embracing

social programs of the past 50 to even 85 years.

However, my immediate focus is Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

I just finished reading: Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson, and Writing to Save a Life by John Edgar Wideman. The books discuss Emmett Till, a black 14-year old from Chicago, murdered in Mississippi in 1955. He was accused of whistling at a white woman, and for that allegation two white men murdered him.

In Jackson’s novel, a teenage rural black girl, living near the murder

site, describes her emotions that summer, and Till’s murder – her family’s

reaction, the white and black communities’.

A jury quickly found the accused murderers innocent.

Wideman recreates the life of Louis Till, Emmett’s father who was hanged

by the United States Army in Italy after being f found guilty on spurious

evidence of rape and murder in post-war Italy.

Why do these books bring Sessions to mind?

He did not cause Emmett’s Till’s death, or his father’s.

But Sessions, with his attacks on voting rights- especially blacks’ – is

very close ideologically to the racism of 1955.

Will Sessions miraculously change his support of harsh voting

restrictions, and by doing so honor the memory of the Tills and thousands

of other Afro-Americans who died in the quest for racial equality?

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky


Author: Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!


One Response to Letter On Sessions

  1. Editor says:

    The Emmit Till tragedy of 67 years ago, will probably and rightly, never be forgotten. However, intimating even a slight linkage to the new Attorney General William Sessions seems grossly unfair. Extreme partisanship and obstructionism seem to be the order of the day these days. It is sad.
    As to voter suppression, it should be included in a discussion of electoral fraud, and electoral integrity. We all should be against the first two and for the latter. Good people should come together to do what is right, not what is partisan.
    However, again sadly, divisions are only increasing in this country. The people are being played. As common sense Independents and Libertarians we at Writers Of The Rio Grande try for civility and respect as much as possible. Sometimes it is necessary to take on, or conversely work with conservatives, and at other times “progessives” can be on the side of the angels on certain issues. We need to all remember that we live in the same fishbowl and we shouldn’t pollute the waters any more than we have to.


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