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Trump administration dumps DACA

The Trump administration rescinded DACA, a program launched through President Barack Obama’s executive order to provide legal status to 800,000 mostly adult illegal aliens, because it is unconstitutional, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this morning.

Jeff Sessions

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was implemented in 2012 to give legal status to recipients for a renewable two-year term, work authorization and other benefits, including participation in Social Security.

“This policy was implemented unilaterally to great controversy and legal concern after Congress rejected legislative proposals to extend similar benefits on numerous occasions in this same group of illegal aliens,” Sessions said.

The DACA program, he added, contributed to the surge of unaccompanied minors to the United States southern border in addition to denying jobs to thousands of Americans. DACA recipients are known as “Dreamers.” They are mostly from Mexico and Central America.

Sessions added that he doesn’t mean Dreamers are bad people, but he charged President Obama nullified part of a law he disagreed with to facilitate the program.

“In other words, the executive branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions,” Sessions said. “Congress should carefully and thoughtfully pursue the types of reforms that are right for the American people.”

 

Mississippi courthouse keeps Emmett Till’s memory alive

By Frederick H. Lowe

The Emmett Till Interpretive Center, which was founded to keep alive the memory of Emmett Till, has restored Sumner Courthouse in Sumner, Mississippi, where an all-white male jury acquitted two men for the brutal murder of the 14-year-old on September 23, 1955, 62 years ago this month.

Sumner Courthouse

The jury let Roy Bryant, 24, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, 36, walk free for Till’s violent death. Till was murdered on August 24, 1955.

Bryant and Milam kidnapped Till from a bedroom he shared with Simeon Wright, his 12year-old cousin. They beat Till and then shot him for allegedly whistling at and touching Carolyn Bryant, Roy’s wife, an action punishable by death for black boys and men in the segregated South.

The alleged incident occurred in Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market in Money, Mississippi. The store’s primary customers were black men and women who picked cotton in the fields near the store.

Sixty-two years later, Carolyn Bryant admitted she lied at the trial about Emmett Till’s behavior.

Emmett Till

After the two men killed Emmett Till, they tied a 70-pound cotton gin fan to him and threw his body into the Tallahatchie River, certain his corpse would sink into the muddy bottom and never be discovered.

Miraculously, the body floated to the water’s surface. Emmett Till’s great-uncle, Mose Wright, told police that he had seen Bryant and Milam take Till from his home.  The two men were

arrested and charged with his murder. Following a five-day trial, the jury deliberated 67 minutes before acquitting Bryant and Milam. Both men later confessed to the murder during a Look magazine interview for which they were paid $3,600 to $4,000.

The two men learned there was price to pay for murdering Emmett Till although it didn’t occur in court.

Following Bryant’s and Milam’s  acquittals, blacks boycotted Bryant’s store, forcing it to go out of business in October 1955.

Emmett Till murder trial marker

The trial took place in Sumner Courthouse, which the interpretive center restored and promotes in part by offering tours of the building and showing black and white newsreels of trial reportage.  In one filmed image, the Bryants, Milam, and the jurors, all dressed in short-sleeve white shirts, are looking out of an open second-story window of the courthouse.

The interpretive center raised $3 million for the courthouse renovation, making it possible to restore the building and create a museum.  Center officials hope it will attract tourists to the area.

Emmett Till’s memory was alive in Rosa Parks’ mind, when police arrested her on a Montgomery, Alabama bus for refusing to relinquish a seat designated for white passengers and move to the section of the bus intended for black riders. Her arrest sparked the successful year-long 1955 Montgomery Bus boycott that desegregated the city’s public transportation system.

Parks said she refused to give up her seat because she was thinking about what happened to Emmett Till.

Elected representatives of Tallahatchie County, where the courthouse is located, officially apologized to Till’s relatives for the trial’s outcome.

 

Simeon Wright, Emmett Till’s cousin, dies

Simeon Wright

Simeon Wright, Emmett Till’s cousin who witnessed Roy Bryant and

Simeon Wright’s book

J.W. Milam kidnap Till at gunpoint two days before the 14-year-old’s battered and gunshot body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River, died Monday at his home in Countryside, IL. He was 74 and suffered from bone cancer.

Wright, who was then 12, woke up at midnight in the bedroom of his parents’ home in Money, Mississippi to find two white men, one armed with a pistol, dragging Till away for allegedly whistling at and touching Carolyn Bryant, Roy’s wife. Till, who lived in Chicago, was spending the summer in Mississippi with relatives. Decades later, Bryant admitted Till never touched her or whistled at her.

In 2009, Wright co-wrote with journalist and author Herb Boyd “Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till.”

Services will be held for Wright at 11 a.m. on September 16th at Monument  of Faith Church, 2750 W. Columbus Drive, Chicago.

 

Hamilton takes Italy

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, becoming the sport’s first back-to-back winner this year. His Mercedes took the checkered flag a week earlier at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton’s Italian Grand Prix victory bolted him into the lead for driver of the year honors with 238 points to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s 235.

And that wasn’t all Hamilton did last weekend. During Saturday’s time trials, he set a Formula 1 record with 61 poles, eclipsing Michael Schumacher’s mark of 60 poles. Hamilton set the record during a downpour.

Italian fans now idolize Hamilton in clear contrast to the way they treated him during his first grand prix. Some greeted him wearing black face and nappy black wigs with white shirts that read “Hamilton’s Family.”

At the end of Sunday’s race, Hamilton said he loved the fans’ passion.

He has won six races so far this year and an equal number of races remain in the 2017 Formula 1 season.

 

 

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