The Death of Emmett Till

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There are several views of the murder of Emmett Till regarding the topic of whether or not he received justice. Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old boy, was murdered purely based on racism, because he was killed for “wolf-whistling” at a white woman in August 1955. He was brutally murdered after being nearly beaten to death and having his eyes gouged out. When Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, two people involved in Till’s manslaughter, were placed on trial for his murder, they were pronounced innocent and did not receive any punishment. After being tortured and savagely killed, no one was held responsible for Emmett Till’s death. Emmett Till did not receive justice after his death.
Emmett Till did not receive justice, because from his death and throughout his trial, everything was based upon racism. Till’s case was examined in court by an all-white jury, who had most likely made up their minds before the trial had even started. According to “The death of Emmett Till”, “On September 23, the all-white jury deliberated for less than an hour before issuing a verdict of ‘not guilty,’...”(“Death” 2) That is an extremely short time for a jury to deliberate, and it leads to questions of whether or not the jury truly deliberated, or if it was a cold case of a black boy being punished for flirting with a white woman. The courthouse in which Emmett Till’s murder trial took place was also segregated, showing that the defendant’s guilt of murdering a black person was being deliberated in

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