The Tragic Killing Of Medgar Evers

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The Tragic Killing of Medgar Evers According to Google, racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Racism in the South however was worse then the definition explains. Medgar Evers is a man who has experienced racism since birth. As Medgar Evers grew up, his strong hatred for discrimination led him to stride for what he believed in. He eventually became an important role in the Civil Rights Movement so he could change how blacks were treated. On June 12, 1983 when Megar was killed, his death strengthened and helped the movement push forward. How Medgar Evers decided to deal with situations …show more content…
All he knew about was racism. Medgar Evers was an activist of the Civil Rights Movement who was only trying to change racism in the South. Sadly, he was shot in the back by Byron De La Beckwith, ending his life. Evers was shot when he “returned to his home after a Movement meeting and was ambushed in his driveway and shot to death” (Design). Now that Evers is no longer alive, the black community will be affected due the absence of one of their strong leaders. As a leader, Medgar was the one to keep everyone in a calmy manner and since he is no longer there to direct everyone there will be an increase in outbreaks. The murderer of Medgar Evers, Byron De La Beckwith, waited for Medgar to arrive home from a Movement meeting in order to kill him. “Moments after Mr. Evers stepped out of the car, a sniper hiding in a clump of honeysuckle vines shot him with a high-powered hunting rifle.” (Stout) When Medgar was caught by surprise, he was rushed to the hospital dying within the hour. One event can cause a catastrophic change to the environment and those surrounding Medgar’s death witnessed the beginning to a new …show more content…
June 12, 1983 was the day that this horrible adjustment occurred. At around 12:40 a.m. in Evers’ driveway the sound of the gunshot that killed Evers alerted his family. The echo of the gun caused Mrs. Evers to rush out of her house wondering what that could have made that noise. When she went outside, “Mrs. Evers found her mortally wounded husband at the steps by a door to their house, where he had managed to drag himself after the bullet struck him in the back and tore through his chest” (Stout). That news of Medgar getting shot spread through the neighborhood rapidly. Everyone panicked because they could not stand the fact that they were about to lose one of their leaders. He was a powerful leader that was making a difference. He was a leader that continued in his efforts despite everything. Although Medgar was hated by many against racial equality, he kept fighting for justice. Others hatred for Medgar is what led to his death. It was “due to his high-profile position with the NAACP, Evers became a target for those who opposed racial equality and desegregation. He and his family were subjected to numerous threats and violent actions over the years... at 12:40 a.m. on June 12, 1963, Evers was shot” (Biography.com) by Byron who was one among the many that was against Evers’ beliefs of equality. Byron killed Medgar because he knew that what Medgar was doing was going to change the current

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