The Emmett Till: His Murder Essay

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The Emmett Till murder shined a light on the horrors of segregation and racism on the United States. Emmett Till, a young Chicago teenager, was visiting family in Mississippi during the month of August in 1955, but he was entering a state that was far more different than his hometown. Dominated by segregation, Mississippi enforced a strict leash on its African American population. After apparently flirting with a white woman, which was deeply frowned upon at this time in history, young Till was brutally murdered. Emmett Till’s murder became an icon for the Civil Rights Movement, and it helped start the demand of equal rights for all nationalities and races in the United States. In the summer of 1955, Mamie Till, Emmett Till’s mother,…show more content…
However, as the boys drove off, Till allegedly whistled at Mrs. Bryant. His actions, although minimal, were enough to be fatal to the youth’s life. (Young, Gary) Several days after Till flirted with the young store owner, the youth was abruptly awakened by Roy Bryant and his half-brother JW Milam. Much to the protests of Moses Wright, Till’s uncle, the two men kidnapped Emmett Till and threw him in the back of their pick-up truck. Although their first intentions were to merely scare the youth, the night took a turn for the worst once Emmett began to resist the men and their attempts to subdue the boy. They brutally beat the boy and hit him several times with their guns. Bryant and Milam dragged the boy near the Tallahatchie River while making Emmett carry a cotton gin fan. Stripping Till of all his clothes, the men shot him in the head and sank the corpse in the river with the gin fan around his neck. Then the two men quickly escaped the crime scene. (World Criminal of Justice) The following day, the Wrights reported the kidnapping of Emmett Till to the local sheriff, but the case was deemed of low priority. Back in Chicago, Mamie Till received the heart-shattering news of her son’s disappearance. She alerted the Chicago police of the abduction who in turn called the Mississippi sheriffs. On Sunday, Bryant and Milam were arrested and charged with the abduction of the Chicago youth, and then three days later, the body of
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