Happy Sunday: August 28, 2016. In the U.S. we have two bogus but proclaimed holidays: National Red Wine Day and National Cherry Turnover Day. I’ll be drinking the red, as usual, but since I’m not in Dobrzyn, I won’t get one of these (they are good, and strawberry turnovers are even better):
On this day in 1845, the first issue of Scientific American was published. Unless I miss my guess, it won’t be long until we see the last one. And on this day in 1955, Emmett Till was brutally lynched in Mississippi by two white men, reportedly for whistling at or flirting with a white woman. Till was visiting relatives in Mississippi but was from Chicago, almost certainly not prepared for Southern attitudes toward blacks. His mutilated body was returned here. And the body was horribly battered—the killers had bashed in his face and gouged out his eyes before shooting him and dumping his body in a river—and the stench could reportedly be detected two blocks away. His Chicago funeral was remarkable for what his mother did: she insisted on an open casket so that everyone at the public funeral could see what had been done to her son. The casket picture was published in Jet, a nationally circulated black magazine. (You can see a photo of Till in the casket here, but be aware that it’s really disturbing.) The open-casket funeral became a national rallying cry for blacks, and Emmett Till remains a horrible symbol of the segregationist South. It also caused national revulsion and sympathy for the victim of segregation, and helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Act nine years later. The two killers were tried and found “not guilty” by an all-white jury (typical!) after just an hour’s deliberation. In a subsequent interview in Look magazine, the killers admitted that they had indeed murdered Till, and showed no remorse. They couldn’t be tried again because of America’s double-jeopardy laws. Do read the story at Wikipedia; it’s a grim reminder of what racism can do.
Notables born on this day include Bruno Bettelheim (1903), and deaths on this day included, besides Emmett Till, Max Shulman (1988). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, there are still many unpicked cherries (you can see below that they’re ripe), and Hili muses about the theological significance of the fruit:
Hili: Were there cherries in the Garden of Eden?
Cyrus: I don’t know but I doubt it.
Hili: I’m sceptical as well.
Hili: Czy w raju były wiśnie?
Ja: Nie wiem, ale wątpię.
Hili: Ja też jestem sceptyczna.
Leon: And now I don’t know which is better: the heat or the icy stream?