Emmett Till

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Black lives don't matter

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Black lives don't matter

Black lives don't matter.

It is a message that has, for centuries, been woven like thread into the fabric of this nation.

It was there when the Supreme Court said black people had no rights white people were bound to respect, there when Nazi POWs were seated at a Southern diner while black soldiers were sent to the kitchen, there when federal researchers in Tuskegee experimented on unwitting black men to find out what happens when syphilis goes untreated.

It was there when Emmett Till's eye was gouged out and Sam Hose's face was skinned, there when the good people of Valdosta, Ga., carved Mary Turner's baby from her womb and stomped it into the dirt.

And it is...