World · June 20, 2022

Podcast: An “Emmett Till Moment” for Arms?

In the wake of the Uvalde massacre, Emmett Till’s name is once again at the forefront of a national conversation, this time about gun control. Till was the 14-year-old boy lynched by a group of white men in 1955 in Mississippi. Images of his mutilated body shocked the country and galvanized civil rights activists.

While people inside and outside the newsrooms struggled to determine whether showing brutal images of murdered children could propel people and politicians to collective action, Emmett’s family speaks of power and pain, and impact and limits of an image.

Today, in honor of Juneteenth, we kick off a week of episodes about the Black experience with the question: Is this country in the middle of another “Emmett Till” moment?


Read the full transcript here.

hosting: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: LA Times reporter Marissa Evans

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