Diana Schutz recreated an abstract portrayal of Emmett Till’s torture. His mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, wanted to showcase what his son’s murderers did to him. In what is probably the original “Black Lives Matter” call to action, she ordered that her son’s disfigured face be shown, laying claim to the battered body--calling it the community’s property, thus taking away the “black body trophy” from the aggressors.
This piece has become controversial because it seems to be appropriated for the sake of notoriety. Diana Schutz, however, has created a timeless piece that is a representation of the past few decades of human suffering in our country. Through her depiction of Mrs. Till-Mobley’s courageous choice to have an open casket for her son’s disfigured corpse, she shows that Emmett Till’s murder is still a relevant topic. The fight for civil rights should unite a country, not create further dissent. Art, music, the practice of law, political representation, and sports should be about creating a common ground that is conducive to an improved human experience.
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