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What Will President Eisenhower Do?

A black teenager walking through a community at night, minding his own business.  Not smoking a cigarette or a joint, not carrying a beer or a 40.  No, that’s iced tea and candy in his hands.

Iced tea and candy.

A (mostly) white man, ever-vigilant lest his world be invaded by people different from him, follows closely, suspicious.  There’s a confrontation.  The white man, who starts the fight, is absorbing a beating, so he gets his gun and shoots the black man to death.

A southern jury concludes that the black man had it coming.  Its verdict:  not guilty.

It’s not exactly the case of Emmett Till, but it’s not that far off.

Welcome back to the 1950s.