The Death Of Emmett Till Essay

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“The kidnapping and savage lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till” (Chandler) is a title in the news that would surely catch your attention. Racism has played a major role in American history. It still plays in society today, but not in as much of a big case. Having somebody kill a boy because will cause a lot of fighting between the whites and the blacks. In the end, somebody is going to come out on top. But that takes a lot of sacrifice. That all ties into this, the death of a boy that caused major support to the civil rights of African Americans. The death of Emmett Till has a lasting effect on the Jim Crow opposition, court trials, and the failure of racism in American culture today.
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The corpse of Till was recovered, “but was so disfigured that Mose Wright could only identify it by an initialed ring.” (“Aug 28, 1955: The Death of Emmett Till”). The selfish actions executed against the young black kid caused controversy to arise once more in America. The downfall of the Jim Crow Laws was inevitable.
Since the trial against Bryant and Milam, the fairness of court trialing were improved. As expected during these times, the use of a court trial against a black man is inevitably coming out with the white man successfully. Bryant and Milam walked away, uncharged of the crimes committed against Till. Carolyn did not confess to being a part of the crime, even if Bryant and Milam happily stated that they had killed the boy. There was hints that murder wasn’t the intention, but somehow it became extreme. It was stated that “their intention was to just whip him and scare some sense into him” (Huie). Even Mose Wright, the preacher, said “I thought they might say something to him, but I didn’t think they’d kill a boy.” (Huie). The case was forever scarred into the hearts of the Till family and civil rights activist across the nation. From then on, work was put into motion to equal the rights of the defendants and prosecutors in all courts of law.
As proven in this case, the power of racism failed to get away with such brutal crime. Racism was a powerful part of American history, and it cannot be stressed enough. But as quickly as it started, racism’s power began to die down. The death of Emmett Till was...

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