This is a picture of my brother, who got this gash in his head by being smacked in the face with his surfboard. He texted me this photo without any pretext to it. I was shocked and confused upon receiving the message, and immediately began questioning him if he was okay and what had happened. He told me what had happened, and further explained that he wanted me to be careful whenever I went surfing and to never surf alone in case something like this happened to me. While my brother is by no means a martyr, the image of his bloody face and the associated message vaguely reminded me of Emmett Till’s situation. Rather than shield me from the gore, my brother thought that my seeing the gore would make me be more careful when I surfed. The image in this case was more powerful than a verbal foreboding. Similarly, Emmett Till’s disfigured body was a strong image in that it captured the atrocities that were happening to African American’s in the South before the Civil Rights Movement. Again, rather than shield the nation from Till’s body, Mrs. Till wanted the world to see the truth and heighten her message of the lynchings/killings needing to be stopped.