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Chicago, Crime, and Life: At age 18, Willie Reed risked his life to appear as a surprise witness in the Emmett Till Murder Trial theblaquelioness @theblaquelioness Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the history of the Jim Crow South. Mr. Reed saw him only once — on Aug. 28, 1955, during the last hours of Till’s life — in the back of a green and white Chevrolet pickup truck. Mr. Reed, a sharecropper, risked his life at 18 to appear as a surprise witness in the prosecution of the white men accused of the crime. He became the momentary hero of the Till trial, an event that helped spur the civil rights movement. Mr. Reed passed away in 2013 at a hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He was 76, and he had lived in Chicago under a different name — first in secrecy and later in relative obscurity — since fleeing Mississippi for his safety over 65 years ago. For decades, he had worked as a hospital orderly. Mr. Reed knew speaking out against the defendants in the case would make him, too, a target for lynching. But he “couldn’t have walked away,” he said years later. “Emmett was 14,” Mr. Reed told the CBS News show “60 Minutes,” “and they killed him. I mean, that’s not right. . . . I knew that I couldn’t say no. Via: washingtonpost.com WillieReed EmmettTill theblaquelioness
Chicago, Crime, and Life: At age 18, Willie Reed risked his life to appear as
 a surprise witness in the Emmett Till Murder Trial
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 @theblaquelioness
Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the history of the Jim Crow South. Mr. Reed saw him only once — on Aug. 28, 1955, during the last hours of Till’s life — in the back of a green and white Chevrolet pickup truck. Mr. Reed, a sharecropper, risked his life at 18 to appear as a surprise witness in the prosecution of the white men accused of the crime. He became the momentary hero of the Till trial, an event that helped spur the civil rights movement. Mr. Reed passed away in 2013 at a hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He was 76, and he had lived in Chicago under a different name — first in secrecy and later in relative obscurity — since fleeing Mississippi for his safety over 65 years ago. For decades, he had worked as a hospital orderly. Mr. Reed knew speaking out against the defendants in the case would make him, too, a target for lynching. But he “couldn’t have walked away,” he said years later. “Emmett was 14,” Mr. Reed told the CBS News show “60 Minutes,” “and they killed him. I mean, that’s not right. . . . I knew that I couldn’t say no. Via: washingtonpost.com WillieReed EmmettTill theblaquelioness

Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the h...

Crime, Family, and Life: Carol Marie Jenkins was a 21-year-old African-American woman who was stabbed to death with a screwdriver while selling encyclopedias door-to-door. In September 1968, Jenkins was going door-to-door when she noticed that she was being followed by two white men. Jenkins approached the home of Norma and Don Neal and reported that she was being followed. The Neals called the police to their home, but the police were unable to find the car that was reportedly following Jenkins. Norma Neal asked Jenkins to stay with them, but Jenkins felt as she had inconvenienced the family enough and left their home. A half hour later, Jenkins was stabbed to death with a screwdriver. For more than 34 years, the murder of Jenkins remained unsolved. But on May 8, 2002, police arrested Kenneth C. Richmond, a 70-year-old career criminal with a history of bizarre behavior and affiliation with groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. Richmond was implicated in the crime by his daughter, Shirley Richmond McQueen, who witnessed the slaying as a child. Police detectives working in a “cold crimes” squad, were led to McQueen by an anonymous letter. When questioned, McQueen confirmed what the letter alleged that, as a 7-year-old, she had watched from the back seat of a car as her father and another man killed young Carol Jenkins. McQueen identified the clothing that Jenkins was wearing that night, which had never been revealed to the public, so detectives believed that the information given about the murder was accurate and they had found one of the killers. McQueen’s father gave her seven dollars — one dollar for each year of her life to stay quiet about what she had witnessed. At the time of the killing, Richmond lived on a Hendricks County farm and was just passing through Martinsville on the night Jenkins was murdered. Richmond never went to trial for Jenkins’ murder. He was declared incompetent to stand trial, and on Aug. 31, 2002, he died of cancer. via blackthen.com theblaquelioness
Crime, Family, and Life: Carol Marie Jenkins was a 21-year-old African-American woman who was stabbed to death with a screwdriver while selling encyclopedias door-to-door. In September 1968, Jenkins was going door-to-door when she noticed that she was being followed by two white men. Jenkins approached the home of Norma and Don Neal and reported that she was being followed. The Neals called the police to their home, but the police were unable to find the car that was reportedly following Jenkins. Norma Neal asked Jenkins to stay with them, but Jenkins felt as she had inconvenienced the family enough and left their home. A half hour later, Jenkins was stabbed to death with a screwdriver. For more than 34 years, the murder of Jenkins remained unsolved. But on May 8, 2002, police arrested Kenneth C. Richmond, a 70-year-old career criminal with a history of bizarre behavior and affiliation with groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. Richmond was implicated in the crime by his daughter, Shirley Richmond McQueen, who witnessed the slaying as a child. Police detectives working in a “cold crimes” squad, were led to McQueen by an anonymous letter. When questioned, McQueen confirmed what the letter alleged that, as a 7-year-old, she had watched from the back seat of a car as her father and another man killed young Carol Jenkins. McQueen identified the clothing that Jenkins was wearing that night, which had never been revealed to the public, so detectives believed that the information given about the murder was accurate and they had found one of the killers. McQueen’s father gave her seven dollars — one dollar for each year of her life to stay quiet about what she had witnessed. At the time of the killing, Richmond lived on a Hendricks County farm and was just passing through Martinsville on the night Jenkins was murdered. Richmond never went to trial for Jenkins’ murder. He was declared incompetent to stand trial, and on Aug. 31, 2002, he died of cancer. via blackthen.com theblaquelioness

Carol Marie Jenkins was a 21-year-old African-American woman who was stabbed to death with a screwdriver while selling encyclopedias door-to...

Fresh, Love, and Soon...: AJ @masiavelli Heavy weird that a lot of Americans love screaming about how aborting an unborr foetus is murder of the highest degree but as soon as it's fresh oot the womb it's fair game fur getting its wee skull blasted tae bits wae an AR-15 cause that's what FREEDOM is aw aboot, yeehaw <p><a href="https://breaktheirholdonme.tumblr.com/post/175767505360/siryouarebeingmocked-abstractandedgyname" class="tumblr_blog">breaktheirholdonme</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://siryouarebeingmocked.tumblr.com/post/175767425025/abstractandedgyname-americanhate-scottish" class="tumblr_blog">siryouarebeingmocked</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://abstractandedgyname.tumblr.com/post/175767136781/americanhate-scottish-twitter-is-the-best" class="tumblr_blog">abstractandedgyname</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://americanhate.tumblr.com/post/175663386964" class="tumblr_blog">americanhate</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Scottish Twitter is the best invention of the 21st century</p></blockquote> <p>Ah yes, Scotland, with it’s own world famous self-terrorism.</p> </blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="470" data-orig-width="624"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/344a4d1d914ded807361d02e241f1228/tumblr_inline_pbooesX1R01sps4wz_540.jpg" data-orig-height="470" data-orig-width="624"/></figure></blockquote> <p>Meanwhile, I’m taking a walk to my mailbox four buildings down from my apartment carrying a potato peeler without incident. </p> </blockquote> <p>And making jokes with my cat without getting arrested.</p>
Fresh, Love, and Soon...: AJ
 @masiavelli
 Heavy weird that a lot of Americans love
 screaming about how aborting an unborr
 foetus is murder of the highest degree but
 as soon as it's fresh oot the womb it's fair
 game fur getting its wee skull blasted tae
 bits wae an AR-15 cause that's what
 FREEDOM is aw aboot, yeehaw
<p><a href="https://breaktheirholdonme.tumblr.com/post/175767505360/siryouarebeingmocked-abstractandedgyname" class="tumblr_blog">breaktheirholdonme</a>:</p><blockquote>
<p><a href="http://siryouarebeingmocked.tumblr.com/post/175767425025/abstractandedgyname-americanhate-scottish" class="tumblr_blog">siryouarebeingmocked</a>:</p>

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<p><a href="http://abstractandedgyname.tumblr.com/post/175767136781/americanhate-scottish-twitter-is-the-best" class="tumblr_blog">abstractandedgyname</a>:</p>
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<p><a href="http://americanhate.tumblr.com/post/175663386964" class="tumblr_blog">americanhate</a>:</p>
<blockquote><p>Scottish Twitter is the best invention of the 21st century</p></blockquote>
<p>Ah yes, Scotland, with it’s own world famous self-terrorism.</p>
</blockquote>
<figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="470" data-orig-width="624"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/344a4d1d914ded807361d02e241f1228/tumblr_inline_pbooesX1R01sps4wz_540.jpg" data-orig-height="470" data-orig-width="624"/></figure></blockquote>

<p>Meanwhile, I’m taking a walk to my mailbox four buildings down from my apartment carrying a potato peeler without incident. </p>
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<p>And making jokes with my cat without getting arrested.</p>

<p><a href="https://breaktheirholdonme.tumblr.com/post/175767505360/siryouarebeingmocked-abstractandedgyname" class="tumblr_blog">breaktheir...