Emmett Till 2

Emmett Till 2

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  • Thank you Jim for that report. Hello citizens of Chicago, I am Paul Socase, and this is Channel 6 News. On this day, 40 years ago, a young African American boy named Emmett Till was brutally murdered for looking and talking to a white woman in the South.
  • Today, we are standing outside his mother, Mamie Till's house, hoping to get an interview with her.
  • August 28, 1995 Chicago, Illinois
  • Hello, Mrs. Till, nice to meet you. How are you?
  • Hi Paul, nice to meet you too. I am fine.
  • Oh, this takes me back to some dark moments. The reason he left was to visit his great uncle Moses. He was going to spend time with him in Money, Mississippi.
  • I would like to talk to you about your son, Emmett Till. I have a couple questions. First, why did Emmett go to the South in the first place?
  • How would you describe yourself the day you went and saw what happened to your son?
  • Tell me, have you ever sent a loved son on vacation, and had him returned to you in a pine box, so horribly battered and water-logged that someone needs to tell you this sickening sight is your son, lynched. I was crushed, he was the only family that was with me, as my husband left for the army in 1942 for World War II.
  • Thank you so much, Mrs. Till.
  • I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, `That's their business, not mine.' Now I know how wrong. I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all.
  • Lastly, what do you have to say to all the folks at home about your son, and life?
  • Thank you, Paul.
  • As you can see, the loss of Emmett Till was something that still haunts everybody. It was a day that segregation and racism was finally brought to everybody's attention, and people started noticing whites' harsh ways. Thank you Chicago, and have a nice day!
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