Emmett Till

Emmett Till

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  • Imagine you are a young African American boy peacefully walking down the street . . .
  • As you are passing a white lady on a park bench, you wink at her and smile as you continue strolling down the street.
  • Suddenly, a couple of days later, in the middle of the night, you are kidnapped, beat up, and shot in the head by the white woman's husband. Your life taken away, just for a single wink . . .
  • This is what happened to Emmet Till, a fourteen year-old African American Boy. He whistled at a white cashier at a corner store while getting bubblegum. A couple days later, on August 28, 1955, he was kidnapped, beat up, had his eye torn out, and shot in the head. His body was thrown into the Tallahatchie River tied to a cotton gin.
  • The death of Emmett Till sent chills down the nation's spine. It showed everybody the true cruelty and brutality of the racist whites.
  • This horrific death, however, obviously did not affect the all white jury's decision in the Roy Bryant and J.W Milam trial. Roy and J.W had beat up Emmett, tore his eye out, and shot him in the head. They deserved to be sent to jail. However the racism of the country had continued on to the trial . . .
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