The Emmett Till Memorial in Mississippi was vandalized just a little over one month after being restored for the third time, Newsweek reports. The sign, which marks the location where Till’s body was found in 1955, has been routinely destroyed since it was erected in 2007.
Photos show the sign riddled with bullets:
14-year-old Emmett Till became a martyr for the Civil Rights Movement after he was brutally murdered and tossed into a river for reportedly “whistling” at a white woman. His mother’s decision to have an open casket funeral forced Americans to come face-to-face with the cruel consequences of hatred and racism in America.
Almost 65 years later, as America once again teeters on the ideological fence between right and wrong, the continious vandalization of Till’s memorial lives as a signpost of nationwide moral regression.
Just a month ago, the U.S. justice department decided to reopen the lynching case after authorities received new intel on Till’s murder. The justice department has not divulged what new information was attained, but some speculate it’s connected to insight offered in a book titled The Blood Of Emmett Till. In the book, the woman who accused Till of harassment, revealed, “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.”