“Cornbread, Earl and..” Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till..What has changed since 1975
















People would think movies that were made in 1975 can’t possibly have any relevance in our society nowadays, but given the current discussions about the Trayvon Martin murder and watching the movie Cornbread, Earl and Me I have to say, yes, some movies are still relevant today. Some things just don’t seem to change.

The movie closely connects to the murder of  Emmett Till in 1955. Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives in the Mississippi Delta region when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store. Several nights later, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam arrived at Till’s great-uncle’s house where they took Till, transported him to a barn, beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound (32 kg) cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. His body was discovered and retrieved from the river three days later.

The shooting of Trayvon Martin took place on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon Martin was an unarmed, 17-year-old African-American male who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Hispanic community watch coordinator. Martin was walking from a convenience store to the home of his father’s fiancée when Zimmerman, while contacting the Sanford Police Department to report Martin’s allegedly suspicious behavior, began following him. Soon afterward, they engaged in a confrontation that ended with George Zimmerman fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

The movie Cornbread, Earl and Me deals with pretty much the same issue. Nathaniel “Cornbread” Hamilton was the black urban dream and a hero to youngsters Wilford Robinson and Earl Carter. Shortly before he would have become the first man from his community to go to college, he demonstrates his scholarship-winning running ability to his friends and admirers in the neighborhood. At the same time, the police are on a manhunt for an armed rapist. They mistake Cornbread for the rapist and shoot him dead in the street. In the aftermath of the community’s shattered dream, and in the face of an intimidating police cover-up, Wilford is determined not to betray the memory of his hero.

It is incredible and really sad if you ask me that a movie older than I am still has so much relevance nowadays. You would think people would learn but obviously they don’t. In the movie “Cornbread, Earl and me”  the police tries everything to cover up the murder of Cornbread and won’t even admit to it being an accident. It very much reminds me of  Zimmerman trying to say shooting Trayvon was self defense. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should definitely try and see it because it still has the same relevance as it did back in the day.


~ by Colorful Soul on 04/06/2012.

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