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Emmett Till Paper

Emmett Till Paper

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RaShawn ThurmanENG 1102Mr. BoreroHistorical Analysis PaperLynching at its FinestAugust 28, 1955 to some people is just another day in the past. This specific date mightnot even ring a bell to some people, but to those who are educated on that specific date knowhow traumatic August 28, 1955 truly was. Everyone is aware that during this time period racism
 played a huge part in everybody’s live whether you were African
-American, Caucasian or evenHispanic. Our ancestors were all racist towards each other for idiotic reasons that startedunwanted problems. Several people have lost a lot due to acts of racism, including their lives.Although it more frowned upon these days, this special case of Emmet Till did not get so lucky.The Emmet Till case was the starting foundation of the civil rights movement and will always beremembered as one of the most respected hate crimes to date.Emmet Till, born July 25, 1941 was an African-America boy who was born and raised inChicago, Illinois by Mamie Till (Whitfield 1). To Mamie, Emmet was her one and only son. OnAugust 21, 1955, Emmett and his cousin arrived in Money, Mississippi to spend some quality
time with some of Mamie’s extended family, specifically Emmett’s Great Uncle
, Moose Wright.Mamie did not think anything that something would happen to her son, Emmet, solely becausehe was only to be in Money, Mississippi for a short two weeks (Whitfield 1). Little did sheknow, sending Emmett to Mississippi would be that last time she would see her son alive. The
1950’s were known to be a time when racism was at its highest point, also known as the
spark 
 
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for the civil rights movement. Although it is not okay for anyone to be murdered, Emmett Tillwas the victim of both racism and jealousy.
Emmett’s murder was something that even today is still frowned upon. Young fourteen
-year old (14) Emmett entered a grocery store in Money, Mississippi, down the street from his
Great Uncle’s house. According to
The Lynching of Emmett Till,
Emmett was overly confidentwith his relationships with his white friends back at home in Chicago, Illinois (Metress 14). Hissouthern cousins dared Emmett to go into the Bryant Grocery Store and say something to thewhite woman, Carolyn Bryant, which was working the register (Metress 15). Emmett willinglyaccepted that challenge and moments later found himself making a purchase just to speak to thewoman at the counter. Although it is uncertain about what was actually said, some would say
that Emmett “wolf whistled” to Carolyn, but
we do know that whatever was exchanged betweenEmmett and the cashier changed how we view the world when it comes to race (Metress 17).Although Emmett was close to the Caucasian race back in Chicago, people treat you different
when you enter a different part of the world. Even in today’s society, how you get treated in the
northern part of the country is completely different then how people in the south will treat you.No matter your ethnicity, gender or any other stereotype, the average person will get judged. To
most people, Emmett’s action seemed small and even slightly charming, yet this small
act issomething that angered
southerns
so much that it cost a young man his life.Although no one is certain about what words were exchanged, it resulted in the brutalmurder of Emmett Till. Several nights after Emmett spoke to the Carolyn Bryant, her husbandRoy and his half-
 brother J. W. William arrived at Wright’s residence (Emmett Till’s Uncle) and
abducted Emmett Till. From there, the pair of them took Emmett to a barn where the brutallymurdered the young boy by beating Emmet, gouged out one of his eyes, and shot him in the head
 
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(Whitfield
6). If that wasn’t enough torture for Emmett, Roy Bryant and his brother, they tied a
seventy (70) pound weight to his neck with barbed wire and disposed of the body in theTallahatchie River where there the body was discovered and retrieved three (3) days later as itsurfaced in the river (Whitfield 8). Both Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam were immediately re-arrested when the body appeared.
Emmett Till’s defenseless body was soon returned back to
Chicago, Illinois to be re-united with his distraught mother, Mamie. Mamie insisted on having apublic funeral to show the world the brutality of 
her son’s murder and to bring justice for 
Emmett. According to
PBS,
 
tens of thousands of people attended Till’
s funeral where it was anopen casket funeral (PBS par. 2) In this casket laid a disfigured, innocent, little boy who wasbrutality murder for no reason. This incident rose awareness all through Chicago to bring justicefor Emmett and his family who had to live with the pain and suffering. Soon after the incident,
Emmett’s open casket pictures ended up being published in the newspaper and stirred up morecontroversy. Black rallies and white support groups swept the nation all for Emmett Till’s
 justice.Se
 ptember 24, 1955, Emmett’s case finally had the jury members to go to trial, but everyone was able to agree that it already started off as unfair trial. Till’s trial consisted of 
all-white Mississippi jury that only last sixty-seven (67) minutes. In these sixty-seven (67)minutes of deliberation, both Rob Bryant and J. W. Milam were acquitted for the murder of Emmett Till (Metress 86). The many weeks that lead up to the trial, newspapers and all forms of media shared their voice on the case. It seemed as if everyone knew these two were guilty of murder and just knew that Emmitt would get justice, but when they were acquitted, it only madethe media share their voice more. There were several unanswered questions that arose after thetrail had ceased.

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