In what can only be described as an attempt to say the stupidest thing ever uttered on live T.V., Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree compared the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown to that of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was kidnapped, beaten, shot, and drowned in Mississippi in 1955.
Describing the reaction to Michael Brown’s death, Ogletree said the country feels “just like” it did after the “assassination” of Martin Luther King Jr.
“This reminds us of exactly what happened years ago when I was a young kid to the great man Emmett Till, the young kid who was killed in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman,” Ogletree said today on MSNBC.
This isn’t the first time that a black teenager’s death has been compared to Emmett Till’s death, one of the most horrific murders in American and civil rights history.
In an interview on MSNBC, Oprah Winfrey called the shooting death of Trayvon Martin the “Emmett Till of our era.“
“This is even worse because Michael Brown did not break any law at all, in terms of the police officer,” Ogletree continued.
Michael Brown is not a martyr. He was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. His death is tragic. We don’t know all of the facts surrounding his death. We do know that he was not a civil rights hero, like King, who sacrificed his life and family’s safety to advance racial harmony in America. And we also know that Michael Brown was not dragged from his mother’s arms, like Emmett Till, and brutally murdered by racists in the midst of one of the darkest periods in American history.
This kind of grouping is grotesque, and it shows the lengths that Charles Ogletree and others will go to use Michael Brown’s death to advance their own despicable agendas.
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