African American Hate Crimes in Gwendolyn Brook’s Poetry Essay

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The murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri , the murder of a black teen for playing loud music in Florida, the Little Rock integration and all other forms of abuse or hate crimes done against African Americans will always be engraved in our history and in the
hearts of all African Americans as a period of injustice. It was a common tragedy to lose a family
member to one of the many riots assembled by the Ku Klux Klan or simply by a group of
Caucasians determined to exterminate “niggers.” Many were able to see how detrimental hate
crimes were through media. African Americans who owned magazines, newspapers and so forth
were finally able to voice their opinions and tell their side of the story to balance out the usually
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Milam, his half-brother, armed with .45-caliber Colt
pistols, burst into Till's uncle's house, yanked him out of bed, and marched him into their truck at
gunpoint.” Three days later, Till’s body was found naked in the Tallahatich River; his nose was
smashed, his skull was crushed, his right eye was knocked out of its socket, and there was a
bullet hole above his right ear. His disfigured body was shipped back home to his mother where
she insisted on having an open casket funeral. Most would find that the details of Till’s condition
would evoke sympathy in both the blacks and white and be deemed an instant sentence of guilty
to those responsible for the crime. However, the exact opposite happened. On September 6, a
Mississippi grand jury indicted Milam and Bryant, charging them with murder and kidnapping,
and the trial began on September 19, took five days, and an all-white, male jury acquitted them
after deliberating about an hour. Adding only fuel to the fire, to most African Americans, Milam
and Braynt received a lofty reward to give, in great detail, their confession of how the kidnapped,
beat, and killed Emmett Till. . On January 24, 1956, [their] confession was published in Look



magazine and read by millions. In response to the horrific incident, Brooks’s poem acts as a
metaphor to convey how America tends to overlook the truth of the immoral crimes committed
against African Americas, but as a result of publicized…