The woman who accused Emmett Till of whistling at her has said it didn’t happen. This brings me back to the question every time I’ve heard this case discussed. Does it matter if he whistled at her or not? A 14-year-old boy was beaten, mutilated, shot, and thrown into a river. I can’t think of any crime that would justify that.
A story caught my eye recently about a girls high school volleyball team in Masachussetts. This past season the players chose to kneel during the national anthem. One player chose to stand. She supported her teammates’ choice, and they supported hers. People with different viewpoints working toward a common goal, how refreshing.
Even the most honorable actions can and do have negative side effects. Protesting is all well and good. Shutting down airports, however, causes people to lose wages and miss important events, among other issues. Some of these people are immigrants. We need to be aware of the costs of our actions even if our intentions are the best.