The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. TysonIn 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional. Only weeks later, Rosa Parks thought about young Emmett as she refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Five years later, Black students who called themselves “the Emmett Till generation” launched sit-in campaigns that turned the struggle for civil rights into a mass movement. Till’s lynching became the most notorious hate crime in American history.
But what actually happened to Emmett Till—not the icon of injustice, but the flesh-and-blood boy? Part detective story, part political history, drawing on a wealth of new evidence, including a shocking admission of Till’s innocence from the woman in whose name he was killed. this book provides fresh insight into the way race has informed and deformed our democratic institutions.
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She Lied – Carolyn Bryant and the Murder of Emmett Till
Powered by WordPress. O ver 60 years ago on August 28, , Carolyn Bryant Donham , a White woman, told a lie that got a year-old boy killed. Emmett Till was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered after Donham accused him of whistling at her at the Bryant Grocery Store in Mississippi. Milam kidnapped and brutally murdered Till. Mamie Till held an open-casket funeral for her son so that the world could see what the men had done to her boy. Donham has since admitted that she lied. She is reportedly 85 years old, has never paid for falsely accusing a child of a crime, which for him lynched.
What's next for Emmett Till's accuser after she lied
Emmett Till was born in in Chicago and grew up in a middle-class black neighborhood. Till was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, in when the fourteen-year-old was accused of whistling at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman who was a cashier at a grocery store. Four days later, Bryant's husband Roy and his half-brother J. Milam kidnapped Till, beat him and shot him in the head. The men were tried for murder, but an all-white, male jury acquitted them. Till's murder and open casket funeral galvanized the emerging civil rights movement.
But all these years later, a historian says that the woman has broken her silence, and acknowledged that the most incendiary parts of the story she and others told about Emmett — claims that seem tame today but were more than enough to get a black person killed in Jim Crow-era Mississippi — were false. The revelations were first reported on Friday by Vanity Fair. As a matter of narrow justice, it makes little difference; true or not, her claims did not justify any serious penalty, much less death. The two white men who were accused of murdering Emmett in — and later admitted it in a Look Magazine interview — were acquitted that year by an all-white, all-male jury, and so could not be retried. They and others suspected of involvement in the killing died long ago. But in , a grand jury decided not to indict Ms. Donham , or anyone else, as an accomplice in the murder.