Rapper Lil Wayne is known for sexually explicit lyrics in his music, but in a recently released and hastily retracted video, he crossed another line. In it, he jokingly compared a sex act with a woman to what was done to Emmett Till. If that’s unfamiliar to you, Till was a 15 year old Chicago youth who was lynched in Money, Mississippi for flirting with a white woman. He was beaten, shot, and dumped in the Tallahatchie River, and his murderers—who later admitted to the killing—were acquitted by a racist judge.
Doesn’t sound very funny, does it? Look, there’s something deeply wrong when a sexual crime is treated like a joke—especially a violent one—and in order to make the joke, one of the tragic events in history is trivialized. If everything is to be laughed at, then nothing is sacred. If nothing is sacred, nothing is worth fighting, dying, or even living for. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.