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Why was Emmet Till Murdered?

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Why was Emmet Till Murdered? Afro-American, Emmet Till, was from Chicago, he was described 'brash and fun loving' by his family. Unfortunately both of these talents killed him in Chicago, although in an indirect and controversial manner; he was cruelly tortured and murdered by two white men during a break to money, Mississippi - an attack believed to be racially motivated. Emmet Till was 14 when his mother took him 'down south' to visit family and friends. His mother warned him about the dangers of acting without caution in the south, mainly due to the legalised segregation that was present there. Of course, Emmet and his family experienced segregation at their home in Chicago; but not of the kind they were to get used to. In the south it was law to have almost everything separate between Whites and Blacks - from restaurants to drinking fountains; black people had to treat whites as if they were inferior to them; even courts were not equal, as they were white dominated. It was this sort of discrimination that would, eventually, land the oblivious Emmet Till in trouble. During the Till's stay in Mississippi, Emmet was with some friends outside a general store. ...read more.

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keep blacks 'in their place', and under white overlordship; poll tax and poll tests stopped many uneducated and poor black people from voting. Also, there was major (and legalised in 1896, due to a supreme court ruling, stating that if facilities must be separate they can, as long as they are equal) segregation in the south, with everything from schools to drinking fountains being separate between blacks and whites. In this way, blacks had a hard life in the south, and found it difficult to protest, due to both the legal aspects, and the illegal (e.g. Ku Klux Klan). So why exactly was Emmet Till killed? Was there another reason, besides simple revenge? Of course, the most obvious reason would be that Roy Bryant wanted to revenge Emmett's rudeness to his wife - especially as Emmet was black. Such things are not uncommon, although the intensity of this particular incident is; for example, if the wife of a KKK member is refused the time from a black person, then that black person may have their family harassed, beaten, or even lynched (executed illegally). This last point brings in another the Ku Klux Klan. ...read more.

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would be rattled enough already, and thus media coverage wouldn't be good for the whole idea of putting black people in their place. Or maybe the authorities felt that the KKK possibly had gone too far, and needed to hide their trail (it is said that the authorities always knew about the KKK, yet did nothing), possibly to make their job easier by keeping in cooperation with them. Whichever of these it is, I believe that all along the police knew who orchestrated the murder - likely a white extremist group, such as the KKK - and wanted to keep them out of the media spotlight; of course, the whole white hierarchy was a law unto itself, and was waging a protracted and ultimately futile war against the black race. For this purpose, extremist groups would come in useful, and would benefit from police cover-ups and protection from the media spotlight. To back this up, the two murderers themselves were not charged with murder or kidnapping, on the count that the body could not be identified another sign of the white system being in complete control. After this whole episode, the state of Mississippi became a symbol of white supremacy over people of the black race - like a cancer this spread throughout the southern states for decades longer. And indeed, even today these white supremacy ideals still exist. ...read more.

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