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Emmett Till

When Emmett Till was 14 years old, he went to visit his relatives in Money, Mississippi. On August 24, 1955 he went to the store with his cousins, where he proceeded to whistle at the white women cashier, an action unacceptable in the South. Four days later the cashiers' husband, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam kidnapped Till, beat him brutally, shot him in the head, tied him to a metal fan with barbed wire, and shoved his body into the water. Till's brutal death shocked Americans. His mother held an open casket, even though it hurt her, to show the nation that blacks were being treated as less than human. This news shocked the North the most, as racial discrimination was not as common there. The sight of Till's mangled body provoked anger in the Chicago community, and eventually Illinois officials called for Mississippi to hold a trial and bring justice to Till's attackers. Revealing this truth to America, pushed the American Civil Rights Movement along further, and 9 years later, Congress passed the Civil Rights act of 1964. Although Till's murder helped to end some of the segregation and discrimination, the economic system of inequality remained reluctantly, so there was still more poverty among blacks.


"Atticus had used every tool available to free men to slave Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men's heart's Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed"(323).This quote reminds me of Emmett Till's experience because he was also dead when the irascible cashier told her husband that he whistled at her.

"If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view" (39).In the story of Emmett Till, the two obstreperous men who kidnapped Emmet should have taken a few things into consideration. Emmett didn't realize that he had said anything wrong to the cashier because that would have been acceptable where he lived, in the north. Also, the men should have realized that it is not okay to kill anyone nomatter their color is.Picture 1: Thsi is a photoprgaph of Emmett Till before he was beaten and killed.Picture 2: This is Emmett Till's mom, Mamie Till crying over Emmett's casket.Picture 3: This is Emmett he was found dead in the river.Picture 4: This is Emmett and his mom, Mamie Till before his death.


"As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash"(295).This quote reminds me of the two cantankerous men who killed Emmett. They should have never treated Emmett like that or anyone else no matter what their skin color is.


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