It's been more than sixty years since Emmett Till, a 14-yr old African-American boy, was brutally murdered in Mississippi, allegedly for having whistled at a white woman. The two men believed to have committed this crime were acquitted by an all-white Jury - but later admitted in a magazine article that they had killed Till. Till's murder (and the subsequent acquittal of his murderers) shocked the nation, and undoubtedly contributed to the impetus towards Civil Rights legislation. Till's murder is commemorated with several marker signs, including one placed near where his mutilated body was found. Here is a picture of it, taken recently: The bullet holes in the sign are of various calibres, and from different angles, suggesting that the sign has been vandalised on multiple occasions. The sign itself has been replaced several times in the past going back to at least 1984. No one has ever been arrested or convicted in connection with these incidents. I love this country. I sincerely believe that the vast majority of Americans are decent, kind, generous, and moral people, committed to the principles of equality and opportunity for all. But I find it deeply disturbing that there are still significant numbers of people who hold social and racial views that would motivate them to commit this sort of act. This is not just simple vandalism. The fact that the people responsible used firearms, in conjunction with much of the political rhetoric surrounding them as instruments of intimidation and rebellion against lawful authority, is symptomatic of a deep sickness within some sections of American society. The men who murdered Emmett Till were no different from the savages of ISIL in their brutality and barbarity. The fact that they walked free is an indictment of the flaws in our Justice system. The fact that some people in our society haven't learned their lesson; and where innocent and unarmed young black men continue to be killed with impunity, ought to be a wake-up call to us all. There are some among us who claim that Black Lives Matter is unnecessary, that racism, violence, and intimidation against people of color is a thing of the past. The state of this sign says otherwise.