White Sox: Till inclusion in scoreboard graphic ‘poor form’

Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — A White Sox official says it was “poor form” for the team to show a scoreboard graphic of “famous people from Chicagoland” that grouped lynching victim Emmett Till with game show host Pat Sajak and film icon Orson Welles.

Scott Reifert, the team’s vice president of communications, said Sunday that he told the staffer who created the graphic shown during Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins that listing the slain black teenager next to the others “kind of minimalizes (that this) is a young man who lost his life.”

He says it was “poor form” and that the intent “wasn’t to insult anybody.” He also says the staffer won’t be disciplined and there will be no change in protocol.

The 1955 killing of the 14-year-old Till in Money, Mississippi, shocked the nation and was a watershed moment in the civil rights movement.

___

An earlier version of this story was corrected to fix the spelling of Orson Welles’ last name, which had been misspelled “Wells.”

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NBC Sunday Night Foootball

Stay Connected

Watch the Olympic Games LIVE, anywhere, on your mobile device!

borderlogo

About Border Report

The mission of BorderReport.com is to provide real-time delivery of the untold local stories about people living, working and migrating along the U.S. border with Mexico. The information is gathered by experienced and trusted Nexstar Media Group journalists hired specifically to cover the border.

Trending Stories

Hurricane Tracker Center