This Week In History, July 2 – 8

Published July 7, 2017

Memorial For Emmett Till In Mississippi Destroyed — Again

Emmett Till Vandalized

Wikimedia CommonsEmmett Till

A historical marker meant to memorialize Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy murdered by a lynch mob in 1955, was destroyed this week in Mississippi. And not for the first time.

Emmett Till traveled from Chicago to visit relatives in Mississippi in the summer of 1955. When a 21-year-old white woman said he bothered her at a grocery store, Till was kidnapped, brutally beaten, mutilated, and finally thrown into a river with his feet tied to a cotton gin by a lynch mob.

Now, a memorial near the store where Till was abducted has been blacked out, its photos and text completely scratched off.

See more in this report.

GOP Congressman Films Promo Inside Nazi Gas Chamber

Clay Higgins Gas Chamber

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty ImagesRep. Clay Higgins, R-La., descends the House Steps of the Capitol after a vote on May 3, 2017.

There’s a sign at the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp’s gas chambers.

“You are in a building where the SS murdered thousands of people,” the message, engraved in stone, reads. “Please maintain silence here: remember their suffering and show respect for their memory.”

Last week, Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins instead chose to make a promotional video inside the gas chambers.

See the video and the response it elicited here.

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