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!