Happy Birthday To Civil Rights Icon Emmett Till

74 years ago today, Emmett Louis Till was born in Chicago, Illinois

Civil rights icon Emmett Till, a Black 14-year-old that was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955, would have turned 74 today. As retaliation for allegedly flirting with a white woman, the woman’s husband and his half-brother were acquitted of the crime, but later confessed their guilt, however, the law on double jeopardy prevented them from being tried again.

Till’s horrific death became a powerful symbol for the civil rights movement. Today the same issues of racism are embedded in society that were present 74 years ago, showing not much has changed. With incidences such as the murders of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, all of which were young Black males, Till’s legacy is still relevant today.

His story should not be forgotten as we combat present issues of white supremacy, police brutality and the execution of Black lives all over the world. Let Emmett Till’s life be a lesson to us all that hate will not bring about change.

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

Illinois College Basketball Coaches Reportedly Considered Having Separate Practices for Black Players

Segregated practices? In 2015? Say it ain’t so, guys

The Athletic Director of the University of Illinois can’t possibly be having a fun time at work these days. One of the school’s athletic programs were already under fire, including their Divison 1 football program, and now vicious allegations of racism and prejudice have been levied against what’s probably Illi’s most successful program: men’s basketball.

According to a letter penned by Illinois women basketball players and sent to the Illinois campus newspaper, Daily Illini, coaches of the women’s basketball team, the Lady Illini, used extremely racial tactics behind the scenes with players. Here’s an excerpt, courtesy of The Chicago Tribune.

The letters also noted that Bollant and Divilbiss created racial tension among players by derogatorily noting the race of Illini players and opponents and attributing racial stereotypes to each. The families allege black players mostly recruited by former coach Jolette Laws, who was fired by Thomas, at one point were called “crabs” by the current coaches.

One letter alleges that coaches considered having separate practices for African-American players.

Wow. Ahead of these accusations being made public, Mike Divilbiss resigned his position, and there’s a decent chance the team’s head coach, Matt Bollant, could follow. The report also mentioned the fact that certain players revealed coaches referred to Black players as “crabs” and some were forced to play through serious injury. You can read the full report over at the Tribune.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Dismissed From Federal Prison For Halfway Home

Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from the Alabama minimum security facility he is currently serving time in for a halfway home in Washington D.C.

After being convicted of illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds and serving a year and a half in prison, former U.S Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is being released to a halfway home in Washington D.C. Jackson Jr. is son of prominent reverend Jesse Jackson, and former Illinois Congressman. His father announced the news on his son’s behalf Thursday, calling it a “joyous occasion”.

Jesse Jr. served time in the Federal Prison Camp at Montgomery, Alabama starting November 1, 2013. At his trial court documents showed he and his wife spent campaign money on dinners, electronics, and other costly personal items, including $43,350 on a gold-plated men’s Rolex watch and $9,587.64 on furniture for children. His wife, a Chicago alderman, was also sentenced to a year in federal prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns that knowingly understated the income that the couple received.

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Jackson would serve out the remainder of his 2 1/2-year term in a Washington, D.C. halfway house, after visiting him on Monday. Jackson will also serve three years on supervised release and complete 500 hours of community service. The U.S Bureau of Prisons has penned his official release date as September 20, 2015.

-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)