“One of these mothers from Connecticut should do an Emmett Till moment; show the picture of their child dead in the classroom.” That was a text that CNN’s Roland Martin received from one of his TV One channel producers. Emmett Till was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. His mother Mamie allowed an open casket as his funeral in 1955. The photo taken at the funeral showed the disfigured corpse of Till after he was beaten to death by those men. The photo is what was believed to spark the African American Civil Rights Movement. This leads me to my next question. Would showing those photos of the children that were murdered at Sandy Hook spring the American public into action? Would we protest and march for gun control in our hometowns? I can’t help but look at the prospect of doing that. Being a mother myself of an 8 year old, the Sandy Hook tragedy really struck close to home. I cried off and on all day thinking about those children who died and the other children who would be forever traumatized by what took place. After reading Roland Martin’s article from CNN, I had to really take a good look at myself and ask how long would I feel the anger and sorrow for these kids? I like to think myself a good, decent human. I will go out on a limb here and say that people that know me would agree as well. But after a few months, year, possibly a decade…would the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting still sting as bad? We as Americans have the tendency to “go numb” after a while when it comes to tragedies that don’t affect us directly. “Oh how horrible!” we say. Or, “The government needs to change this or that!” But what happens once time goes by? We go back to living or normal lives. We do our daily Facebook posts and Twitter tweets and talk about the latest celebrity gossip and the issues that are the most important fade into obscurity. This is the sad truth about our nation. I myself, a mother, daughter and sister am guilty as well. BUT WHAT IF?! What if instead of showing the pictures of their smiling faces, those parents released the photos of their children lying dead in a classroom, body riddled with bullets, and soaked in blood?? We as a people would be shocked, perhaps even angry at the parents for allowing such photos to be shown. But, would we ever forget it? I would almost guarantee that more people would demand new laws to protect the American people, but most importantly to protect our innocent, our children. Just a thought. Click the link to read Roland Martin’s article. I find it to be very thought provoking.
Roland Martin: America should see the carnage http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/22/opinion/martin-newtown-carnage/index.html