So Many Tears: The Most Devastating Moments in Black History

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Words By Amber Mckynzie


From Emmett Louis Till to Trayvon Martin, there has never been a shortage of violent or discriminatory acts towards the Black community. And the crime: being born with a skin color that could never be light enough. Beyond slavery—for the past 55-plus years—monstrous crimes have been committed with little recourse or repercussions. 


Being in the wrong place at the wrong time became a perpetual justification for racist opportunity, and authoritative figures often looked the other way when they weren’t helping carry out a crime. On average, it took more than 30 days to charge a White person with a crime committed against a Black person, and years to convict—if it ever got to that.


Realizing that “an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Black Enterprise looks back at some of the most horrific and gruesome moments in Black history. Soon many will realize history is just a year behind.

Words By Amber Mckynzie

From Emmett Louis Till to Trayvon Martin, there has never been a…