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 slaveryâ€”for the past 55-plus yearsâ€”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 werenâ€™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 convictâ€”if it ever got to that.
Realizing that â€œan injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,â€ 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.