Sunday, February 27, 2011

Another Keith


I've been watching a show on Investigation Discovery channel called "The Injustice Files" It's about another guy named Keith, Keith Beauchamp who teams up with an FBI agent who is in charge of the "Civil Rights Unit" who digs up old cold cases from the sixties and attempts to solve them. Before I go into the show any further, let me give you a background on Keith Beauchamp-

Keith Beauchamp found his calling as a filmmaker through his documentary about the story of 14-year-old Emmett Till, who in August 1955 was abducted and tortured to death because he whistled at a white woman.

Suspects were arrested for the murder, but they were all acquitted by all white juries. This story of a young boy, who was beaten, shot, and thrown in a river, ignited the early civil rights movement.

Decades later, the case was re-opened by the FBI because Beauchamp uncovered new information, bolstered by his ability as a filmmaker to reach deep into the communities where these crimes occurred and connect with potential witnesses who otherwise might not come forward.

Since his experience making The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till,Keith Beauchamp has become passionate about seeking justice for these families and assisting the FBI by developing new leads for some of their unsolved cases from this troubled chapter in American history.

For The Injustice Files, Keith Beauchamp combs through records; interviews family members, witnesses and investigators; and pieces together the known facts of each case. Beauchamp attempts to interview potential suspects and individuals who may know who was responsible for these murders, sometimes confronting them in their driveways after attempts to contact them for interviews prove unsuccessful.

These two ,Keith Beauchamp and the FBI agent kind of remind me of Agent Mulder and Agent Scully on the X-Files.. Two zealots pursuing hopeless cases that nobody cares about ,always mindful that they may be shutdown eventually. I hope this is not the case here...They both appear to be sincere and attempting to do good work.

I'd be lying if I didn't say that the show frustrates me at times... As much as I like it....Practically every week, They reopen one of these cases and they find that the killer or killers have died already and the people left behind who had something minimal to do with the murders are old in nursing homes, can't remember their names , let alone what they did 45 years ago...It's a real hurt piece....In a sense...Justice isn't being served.

These folks murdered someone 40 to 50 years ago....It was at a time when all white juries refused to convict (sometimes to even indict) the perpretrators. They got to live in freedom all these years and even die without ever paying for what they did.. Those that do go to jail now are so old that in a lot of cases..They are dead within a year anyway... They really should have been punished back when they committed these heinious crimes.

It's cool though...Justice delayed is still justice....If you get a chance and your cable provider has Discovery's Investigation (ID) channel check out my man, Keith's show -"The Injustice Files" on
Fridays at 9:00 PM.

6 comments:

James Perkins said...

I do watch this show on Friday Nights
and I feel frustrated too...Still it is compelling Television.

Sean said...

I watched the first episode I think..
I'll check it out.

Captain Jack said...

He's cute, I think I will check him out!

Brenda said...

I've been watching his show Keith..Very educational..Especially this being Black History month!

Sunflower said...

I never heard of this show or this channel, but it sounds good..I'll be sure to check it out.

Arlene said...

Excellent highlight of a man with a mission. I just palyed the role of Emmett Till's grandmother in an original play written for Black History Month. The Till story was remarkable not only because it was considered the "big bang" of the Civil Rights movement, but also because the story captured the heart of America when the photo was published of what had been done to Emmett. I saw the picture as a child and I am still horrified by what those hateful racist did to a child!

In some ways I'm glad that people didn't get the chance to punish these men. A jury would have sentenced them to just months/years in prison. I know what the Lord has in store for them will be much worse than men could ever devise. Man didn't make hell and I know they are in that place "not made with hands." There is no air-conditioning, cable tv or 3 meals daily where these folks will spend eternity, not just their natural lives.




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