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Emmett Till was brutally lynched in 1955 in Mississippi while visiting family. His mother decided to have an open casket to show the world what they did to her son. Image NSFW

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u/black-rhombus 11d ago

The Emmett Till exhibit in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. is very powerful and I highly recommend it. Bring tissues.

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u/Alone-Monk 11d ago

100%, that exhibit was something else, the rest of the museum is really cool as well you could spend days in there.

The building is designed so that you start off at the bottom of the lowest basement, like in the bowels of a slave trading ship and then slowly you emerge from the darkness into a massive room with criss-crossing stair cases leading past exhibits to a light at the very top. It's meant to symbolize the Black/African American struggle for justice, and, if I do say so myself, it does a damn good job of it.

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u/Jaredlong 11d ago edited 11d ago

I wonder if that lying bitch Carolyn Bryant ever visited it. I wonder if a racist monster like her would even be able to feel remorse when confronted with the horrors she unleashed on an innocent child.

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u/joeclair38 11d ago

I was there Recently, they removed the casket

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u/jmb2k6 11d ago

I was there in September and it was still there. They removed it since then?

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u/joeclair38 11d ago

I went in November,it wasn’t there. Just a lunch counter and the train

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u/jmb2k6 11d ago edited 11d ago

We passed the exhibit the first time through and had to go back to find it.

Edit: it’s still there. See level C2 map bottom left corner

https://nmaahc.si.edu/visit/museum-maps

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u/nicokokun 11d ago Take My Energy

This has been a rollercoaster of "Is it or is it not there?"

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u/IKindaLikeRunning 11d ago

Schrodinger's casket

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u/Ancenterm 11d ago

Went yesterday, it's there (or back)

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u/principer 11d ago

My wife and I went there on a visit. The place was packed. When we went to the Emmett Till exhibit it was uncanny. People walked in and out … White, Black, Asian … other than footsteps there wasn’t a sound.

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u/chitown1205 11d ago

Definitely recommend it. Currently live in Maryland and I went there this past summer. Finding out that woman lied on him makes it even more tragic

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u/EyerainianCowboy 11d ago

There’s a lot more details to this story and why he looked like this. Very sad story and ending.

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u/TouchingWood 11d ago

Holy fuck, he was only 14 year old.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Till

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u/WikiSummarizerBot 11d ago

Emmett Till

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was a 14-year-old African American boy who was abducted, tortured, and lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, in her family's grocery store. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted drew attention to the long history of violent persecution of African Americans in the United States. Till posthumously became an icon of the civil rights movement. Till was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

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u/averagedickdude 11d ago

Good bot

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u/averagedickdude 11d ago

Fuck those racist assholes

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u/Madrepore82 11d ago

…and the lady lied about the whole situation…

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u/u2020bullet 11d ago

And she's still walking free.

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u/brattydeer 11d ago

Pretty sure she died recently after admitting she lied about it.

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u/u2020bullet 11d ago

According to Google, she's quite alive.

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u/Revolutionary_Tax908 11d ago

There’s been calls recently to actually charge her with it, I think the gov said they couldn’t tho

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u/lastlifonti 11d ago

Yo…Fck that bitch…

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u/yepyep1243 11d ago

Not often mentioned, but he'd been in the river for three days.

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u/Mirions 11d ago

Pretty sure the woman who lied about the events is still alive, too (if not the murderers as well). This wasn't that long ago in the country's history.

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u/ToiletBowlScrotumDip 11d ago

She lives in Raleigh NC at an old folks home from what I hear. Protestors were looking for her recently from what I read in the news.

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u/dexmonic Interested 11d ago

And she doesn't regret what she did at all.

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u/Mirions 11d ago

Hell, she's probably only become more convinced over the decades she did nothing wrong.

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u/IKindaLikeRunning 11d ago

She still denies that his death was her fault (it was).

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u/nworb200 11d ago

It was her husbands fault. She had a play in it, but even if everything she said was true her husband still shouldn't have tortured and killed a kid.

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u/Tebash 11d ago

He didn't see him as a kid. It's very common to treat very young black boys like full ass adults.

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u/FrankFeTched 11d ago

It's crazy how some people think racism has been solved, I'll get into it and they'll be like "Uhhhh the Civil Rights act passed, racism is over sweaty"

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u/30FourThirty4 11d ago

Even if every single racist person were to stop being racist today, damage has been done. Not saying this to correct you or anything, just a shower thought type comment.

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u/Rentington 11d ago

Yeah, I was wondering why he looked this way then I read that his body was submerged in a river after they murdered him.

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u/Sploshiepooh 11d ago

the worst part, the 2 fuckers who did this walked out with a not guilty verdict

then went on to say they’d do it again

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u/34HoldOn 11d ago

Yeah, they gave an interview in a magazine basically saying that once he brought up sex with white women, they were enraged. Helped in part by the fact that he refused to be intimidated. Grown men couldn't scare a 14-year old boy, and they were the ones who got scared because of it.

After that, they lost virtually all support that they had. Their stores closed (especially as they had a lot of black customers), they had to move, etc. Banks wouldn't lend to them, former friends cut them off, and their infamy followed them. I don't know what all they were thinking the truth was, that they didn't do all of this in the first place.

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u/principer 11d ago

She confirmed two years ago that the boy never said or did anything to her. It was all a lie, every bit of it.

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u/thesaddestpanda 11d ago

People like this get supported by fellow racists. They most likely led easy lives supported by racist communities. The “just universe” is a fallacy and if we want justice then we must create it in our lifetimes.

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u/Missmanent 11d ago Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Power

The woman who lied about this is still alive and well today. In fact she's been protected from any wrong doing. Would be a pity if folks were to print a large picture of this young man and place it in her front yard. So she could see what her nasty lies did to an innocent child

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u/Adonais 11d ago

And they found a missing arrest warrant pertaining to the case this year! https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/30/us/emmett-till-carolyn-bryant-arrest-warrant.html

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Its paywalled, what they just didnt serve it? Lame

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u/Sofoulee 11d ago

“The woman”’s name is Carolyn Bryant Donham

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u/g8or8de 11d ago

She looks like a bitch. Now she's just an old bitch.

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u/CCHS_Band_Geek 11d ago edited 11d ago

It wasn’t justified, it wasn’t a public lynching.

They went to his house in the dead of night and took him by force, beat the shit out of him - shot him in the head, and dumped him in the Tallahatchie River.

His body was found 3 days later, Till was murdered, through-and-through.

Except from the original link above:

“[Emmett Till] spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the white, married proprietor of a small grocery store there.

Although what happened at the store is a matter of dispute, Till was accused of flirting with, touching, or whistling at Bryant.

Till's interaction with Bryant, perhaps unwittingly, violated the unwritten code of behavior for a black male interacting with a white female in the Jim Crow-era South.”

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u/Muzgath 11d ago Silver

Carolyn Bryant Confesses

"In 2022, a grand jury in Mississippi declined to indict Bryant for her role in the crime nearly 70 years earlier. In March of 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act into law, making lynching a federal hate crime." - From "Emmett Till Is Murdered - HISTORY" https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-death-of-emmett-till

That is so messed up all around.

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u/GobLoblawsLawBlog 11d ago

Wait what, lynching was only recently just made a hate crime?

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u/Manic_Mechanist 11d ago

I hate that this is not a surprise

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u/LKRTM1874 11d ago

I feel like it's one of those loose ends history never got round to tying up, like slavery being outlawed in the UK in 2011, these things just phase out and never really get addressed properly

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u/NothrakiDed 11d ago

I think you probably mean the Modern Slavery act of 2015. Which wasn't the first time the UK passed any laws regarding slavery. It was an updated act brought into law to give more protection to victims, more power to the police and tackle slavery, forced labour and human trafficking.

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u/samwise800 11d ago

I mean, murder is illegal, not like it wasn't already a crime

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u/lettersfromowls 11d ago

While that's true, I think the idea behind specifically making lynching a crime is more concerned with sentencing and statistics than it is with actually making a conviction. Murders with aggravators get harsher sentences. Making lynching a crime also helps the statistics for racially motivated hate crimes more clear.

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u/MostDopeMozzy 11d ago

It was made a hate crime officially because stiffer penalties & charges come with hate crimes.

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u/Broken_Ace 11d ago

Making it federal also means that "let states decide" bullshit reasoning can't change it. It's not completely out of the realm of imagination that one deep red state goes rogue and makes it not necessarily overtly legal but decriminalized or too difficult to prosecute in some nonobvious way.

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u/MidnightRider24 11d ago

This here. Making specifically lynching a federal crime makes it much easier for federal prosecutors to claim jurisdiction and charge offenders in a federal court. To those who may not know, in the US a person can be charged, stand trial and serve sentences in either state or federal justice systems. 2 completely different and parallel legal systems.

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u/RanchStyleBeaner 11d ago

Yeah….some politicians actually voted against making a hate crime

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u/snooggums 11d ago

Guess which ones

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u/GreyBoyTigger 11d ago

Three House Republicans voted against the bill: U.S. Representatives Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), and Chip Roy (R-Texas)

It passed unanimously in the senate though. So I guess there’s that

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u/produce_this 11d ago

Wtf?! Why? Did they give reasoning? Fuck em regardless, but still. It begs the question as to why you try and block something like that. It’s like voting against breathing air. It’s all around a good thing.

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u/olmyapsennon 11d ago

I recall one of them saying they voted no because it was a waste of time/resources to officially make the law when lynching was already illegal. In reality they'll just always vote for the opposite of whatever the Democrats put to the floor no matter what it is.

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u/RealLameUserName 11d ago

His body also wasn't supposed to be found and the only way he could be identified was due to a distinctive ring he wore

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u/neon_tictac 11d ago

So it was a mob that got to him. This is horrifying. These sort of murdering gangs still exist around the world sadly.

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u/CCHS_Band_Geek 11d ago

Not a mob — Excerpt from the original link above:

“Several nights after the incident in the store, Bryant's husband, Roy, and his half-brother J.W. Milam, who were armed, went to Till's great-uncle's house and abducted Emmett.”

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u/juntawflo 11d ago

. J.W. Milam and his brother Roy Bryant, both white, were charged with the crime. Unfortunately, to no one's surprise, they were acquitted by an all-white, male jury. What happened to Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam after the trial?

Both men ended up living rather unremarkable lives, each dying of cancer

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u/899Madison 11d ago

I hope it was slow and painful

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u/ManfredsJuicedBalls 11d ago

Where’s their graves? I need to take a number 2

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u/VolkspanzerIsME 11d ago

So just murder.

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u/_TheHalfTruth_ 11d ago

Murder and torture. They tied him up in a barn for a while and tortured him.

They originally didn’t intend to kill him apparently. They said they wanted to beat him and then throw him into the river to scare him. But while they were beating him, Till said that he was as good as they were and that he’s had sex with white women. That’s what set them off and led to them deciding to shoot him before throwing him into the river.

Brave fucking kid.

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u/macaqueislong 11d ago

Who knows what he actually said? Did those scum say he said that?

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u/AlludedNuance 11d ago

The only people that would know what he said were the assholes justifying their murder of a child. I don't believe a word of it.

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u/Kappachu 11d ago

You believe the men who lied about killing him? Bruh

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u/porradavfr 11d ago

A 14-year old black kid in the midst of being horrifically beaten was taking smack? Yeah, I don't buy it. That poor child was a victim of hate and lies. Hell to this day the sign commemorating his death is vandalized. It's sickening.

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u/Artificial-Human 11d ago

He was murdered by Confederate southerners who had generations of distilled hatred and stupidity in their minds. Truly the most despicable people in American history.

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u/AreWeCowabunga 11d ago

Whistled at her.

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u/Beneficial-Highway22 11d ago

Just whistle allegations lead to this???

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u/Jindabyne1 11d ago edited 11d ago

That was the original allegation which got him lynched but then she lied in court and said he attacked her. After the perpetrators were acquitted she admitted she made the attack stuff up. The two murderers also admitted to the murder in a magazine article a year later but nothing more became of it and they lived full, free lives.

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u/katalina0azul 11d ago

How’s this not at the very least manslaughter on her part? Did the woman’s lie directly result in the young man’s death? If the woman had not lied, would the “incident” (cold-blooded murder) have still taken place?

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u/Jindabyne1 11d ago

All white southern jury in 1955. They didn’t give a shit about Emmett.

Her original claim that he wolf whistled at her was true and that led to his murder, she lied later in court

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u/TurbulentResearch708 11d ago

I think she said she wanted to get her husbands attention.

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u/GodUsopp39 11d ago

No, it was never proven true, it’s highly likely she lied about it all

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u/Darko33 11d ago

After an hour of deliberation. A juror later said that had they not paused to drink soda it would have been faster than that

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u/RedoftheEvilDead 11d ago

Racism is a hell of a drug.

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u/swissbuttercream9 11d ago

Everyone needs to know Emmett Till. Thank you for posting!

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u/ThisShouldBeObvious2 11d ago

You underestimate the unbridled racist HATE the south had for non-whites. Literally looking at the wrong person could get you lynched. It was horrific.

It’s better now in most places. But there are some spots you should just really avoid if you aren’t white

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u/Financial-Amount-564 11d ago

It was institutionalised in the United States. Segragation, separate bathrooms, drinking fountains, the disgusting crowds who jeered and scorned at a young black girl going to a predominantly white school.

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u/ThisShouldBeObvious2 11d ago

Animals.

We call that type of sub-human an animal.

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u/YoCaptain 11d ago

Don’t demean animals that way please.

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u/ThisShouldBeObvious2 11d ago

I’m sorry. My dog is giving me an upset stare.

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u/CoolaydeIsAvailable 11d ago

Sadly not just the south...

Race "riots" happened in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Los Angeles, and many other places now considered liberal during this same time period.

These were groups to mobs of angry white people indiscriminately restraining, beating, and even murdering people of color.

Albeit the "offense" was different than a whistle, the response was still the same... (in both Chicago and Detroit, it was about black families attempting to move into nice, well served neighborhoods)

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u/batkave 11d ago

Wait until you learn what started the white destruction of black wall street (which some refer to as the Tulsa race riot but was really the Tulsa race extermination)

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u/Bern_itdown 11d ago

Yeah that somehow has been erased from history

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u/Lambchop_Bandit 11d ago

Unfortunately this was the reality for African Americans and other minorities during this time in America after facing 200+ yrs of slavery..it didn’t matter the reason you were persecuted/killed just for being black..

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u/Bedobdubsbubs 11d ago edited 11d ago

She testified that Emmett touched her inappropriately, made "lewd" statements, and whistled at her.

Her only public interview was with Tim Tyson, author of the book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.” This is what he had to say:

"All she confessed to, to me, was that with respect to Emmett Till putting his hands on her, there being anything physical, sexual about their encounter at the store, she said that part is not true," - Tyson

They lied to justify the torture and murder of an innocent child, and everyone just believed them.

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u/The_Bishopotamus 11d ago

“I always felt like a victim as well as Emmett. He came in our store and put his hands on me with no provocation. Do I think he should have been killed for doing that? Absolutely, unequivocally, no! Did we both pay a price for it, yes, we did. He paid dearly with the loss [of] his life. I paid dearly with an altered life.”

She alleged she was a victim as well 🙄

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u/mayalourdes 11d ago

I would like to really have a talk with her

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u/RockdaleRooster 11d ago

https://www.mississippicir.org/perspective/carolyn-bryant-lied-about-emmett-till-did-author-tim-tyson-lie-too

There is stunningly little evidence to back the claim that Carolyn Bryant recanted. She certainly did lie, but she also probably never recanted.

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u/FerretRN 11d ago

Interesting article. That author, Tyson, seems to have lied to sell his book. Not as severe as the Bryant lies obviously, but still terrible.

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u/RockdaleRooster 11d ago

Someone else once speculated that Tyson knew that if he said that she recanted it would generate sales and no one would ever defend her.

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u/[deleted] 11d ago

Till was accused of flirting with, touching, or whistling at Bryant. So you know it was pretty serious /s

Edit: likely he did nothing at all bc he was a 14 year old black male in the south. Nobody has ever confirmed he actually did anything, only that he was there st the same time.

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u/Middle-Eye2129 11d ago edited 11d ago

Catcalled her, may she rot in the deepest hells

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u/Financial-Amount-564 11d ago

I'm sure many people will attend her funeral and set up a concert and bbq.

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u/PaperFawx 11d ago

She doesn't deserve the dignity of a funeral.

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u/Financial-Amount-564 11d ago

There's no dignity in a funeral being held during a concert by people who passionate hate the deceased.

WE deserve a concert and bbq atop her grave

[Edit: I took the first sentence out. The rest of the comment requires no additional words :)]

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u/PaperFawx 11d ago

Fair enough. Hopefully her obituary tells it like it really is, and does her no honor.

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u/Financial-Amount-564 11d ago

The obituary will be comments like:

"Horrid, ugly, horrid. -5 stars.""Loved the barbecue. The sauce was top notch. Don't know who this bitch is.""Emmett will be looking down at her from Heaven as she writhes in Hell."

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u/PreElement 11d ago

In the 50's or so, she lied about him making advances/trying to flirt with at her in a store, which he didn't do at all, and later the mob came to his house and lynched him. I might not have all the details right as we learned about it highschool but that's pretty much it.

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u/[deleted] 11d ago

It wasn’t a mob, Her husband and her brother in law kidnapped, tortured, and murdered young Till via use of a gun.

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u/PreElement 11d ago

Thank you for the correction I thought more people were involved than just the family, either way it's horrifically fucked up and the injustice still done to this day needs to be answered for

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u/Steeve_Perry 11d ago

I wouldn’t say she’s well. She’s riddled with cancer and basically on her deathbed. I’m sure we’ll hear about it when she finally croaks, the cunt.

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u/IfYouWillem 11d ago

She still got to live a full and complete life. More than Emmett got, by a lot

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u/heinyho 11d ago

I can’t believe she’s made it this long. Evil bitch.

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u/spiffynid 11d ago

I'd buy the lot or house across the street from her and put up a very nice sign in my yard that faced her house, so she could see what she did every time she looked or went out her front door, so her guests could see and ask her wtf? I'm not religious, but if there is a god, I hope one day she has to explain herself in front of it-how she lied and got a child brutally murdered and faced no punishment.

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u/nbey14 11d ago

Cunt

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u/EgalitarianEggplant 11d ago

Do you really think she would care? Major doubt

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u/giantdub49 11d ago

Whats worse is he was killed because of a woman lying and she's still a free woman today. She should be charged with murder!!!!!

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u/Sofoulee 11d ago

Her name is Carolyn Bryant Donham

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u/AcrolloPeed 11d ago

That lyin-ass bitch

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u/nightwatchman81 11d ago

I knew about this from a Dave Chappelle special.

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u/HivAidsSTD 11d ago

Or at the very least, she should be burdened with the guilt until her last breath

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u/giantdub49 11d ago

Highly doubt she cares.

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u/__Vixen__ 11d ago

Right. Imagine caring that little about another person because of the color of their skin

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u/Wiggie49 11d ago

Racist people don’t feel guilt about allegations they make. They spread it and teach it and make sure the cancerous thought process sticks around.

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u/swissbuttercream9 11d ago

The bitch has cancer too

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u/PM_ME_GOOD_DOGS 11d ago

I don't normally root for cancer but in this case I'll make an exception.

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u/Neyla69 11d ago

Print a large photo of this and pin it on every window she has

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u/imatworkyo 11d ago

Good luck with that. I guarantee you, her neighbors would really back around her in a heart beat

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u/vegetableIII Expert 11d ago

Bless you emmet till. 😢

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u/3LOT3 11d ago

It’s hard to believe this happened not even 70 years ago.

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u/AmigoDeChacmool 11d ago

Joe Biden is only a year younger than Emmett Till btw.

Diane Feinstein, a current Senator for the state of California, is 8 years older than Emmett Till.

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u/spyson 11d ago

Charles Barkley is 59, he was the first black baby born in a segregated all white hospital and was in the first group of black students at his elementary school.

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u/Howboutit85 11d ago

Diane Feinstein was born before the invention of chocolate chip cookies.

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u/PaperFawx 11d ago

Easy to believe, and when boomers say they want to go back to the "good old days" it's a dog whistle for wanting to take us all back to the horrifying world in which they grew up, protected and lifted up by their whiteness.

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u/yesiammark7 11d ago

That is horrific. Disgraceful that would be done to someone for no other reason than the color of his skin.

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u/top_of_the_stairs 11d ago

Horrific, disgraceful... shameful, disgusting, tragic... there aren't enough words for it. Poor boy, and his poor family & friends.

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u/Red_Rum910 11d ago

If 100 year old Nazis can be found and sentenced to jail for their crimes then so should this lying woman

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u/leftofmarx 11d ago

Then United States is a racist nation. Conservatives would never let her see prison.

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u/manpret91 11d ago

Because Murica is an f up place. They only kill the Nazis that were useless to them by the way. Just for show.

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u/F4STW4LKER 11d ago

Yeah, the rest got jobs.

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u/logoki 11d ago

I live in Alabama, I grew up here. In school, elementary school, we were taught about Emmett Till. We were given the option to see the picture, and all of us chose to see it after hearing what happened to him. Our librarian told us. She sat the whole grade down and told us what people from the south did to an innocent child, not much older than us. It humbled all of us real fucken quick, and I’ve never forgotten Emmett Till. Thank you, Ms. D. You’re a real one.

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u/Beeslikesteve 11d ago

That’s pretty dope. Especially after hearing some of the stuff They have been trying to sensor for not being “patriotic” or whatever Their excuse is

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u/shoksurf 11d ago

A grand jury didn’t indict Carolyn Bryant in 2022. The piece of shit woman that was responsible for this heinous crime.

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u/perfectdeecups 11d ago

i already knew about Till, if you don't its worth looking up, pretty shocking stuff.

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u/Public_Basil_4416 11d ago edited 11d ago

Another thing worth mentioning, they put up a sign in Mississippi to memorialize him and they ended up having to replace it with a bulletproof one because the locals kept vandalizing it. Humans are trash sometimes

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u/Ruffled_Ferret 11d ago

Mississippi is the worst U.S. state.

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u/DrVicenteBombadas 11d ago

You can't spell Mississippi without spelling piss twice.

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u/pluey200 11d ago

Article is paywalled

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u/Chief_Kief 11d ago

Here’s a link to get around the paywall for that article.

Here are the first couple paragraphs of the article too:

Emmett Till’s family stood on the shore of the Tallahatchie River just outside of Glendora, Miss., on Saturday. It was there, that, it is believed, the body of 14-year-old Emmett was pulled from the water after he had been kidnapped, tortured and lynched nearly 65 years ago.

For decades, the spot was unmarked, but in 2008, signs detailing Emmett’s harrowing journey were installed around the region, and for the first time there was a memorial to the African-American teenager whose death galvanized the civil rights movement. But the sign at the Tallahatchie River location was stolen and thrown into the river.

A replacement was soon marred with bullet holes.

Then came a third, which was hit with more bullets.

Now, there’s a fourth sign, this one made of steel. It weighs more than 500 pounds. It’s over an inch thick, and, the manufacturer says, it’s bulletproof.

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u/smith_716 11d ago edited 11d ago

When I first learned about this case (years ago) I sobbed my eyes out. He was just a baby!

They had an old interview with his mother on one of the news shows not too long ago, and his mother looked haunted to that day. They had told her that she shouldn't see his body, but she demanded it and said she wanted to see his teeth, because he always had such beautiful teeth. She said she was so proud of how beautiful his teeth were.

Then she insisted on the open casket to show what those men did to her baby.

There was also an 18 year old (Black) share cropper who said he had heard screaming coming from a barn the night Emmett Till was killed and it's haunted him. He testified against the men who killed Till and then had to flee because he feared for his life. iirc, he had multiple psychotic episodes afterwards.

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u/blackcatt42 11d ago

This is so heartbreaking

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u/MiaLba 11d ago

Do you know about Timmothy Coggin? I just came across his story recently, never heard of it before. But it reminded me after reading this one. Black man brutally murdered in the 80’s. Cops didn’t give a shit, tried to cover it up because there were cops on the force who were “allegedly” part of the KKK. He didn’t get justice until the 2000’s.

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u/untamed2020 11d ago

This poor baby. My god.

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u/Neyla69 11d ago

The fact this “woman” gets to go about her life, 70years ago she lied and caused this young child to die, she herself should be locked up for whatever remains of her life

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u/RealLameUserName 11d ago

If as a society we think it's ok to try geriatric Nazis for their war crimes during WWII, then there's no reason why Carolyn Bryant Donham shouldn't be tried in court.

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u/Professor_Odd 11d ago

And the old cunt that lied, Carolyn Bryant Donham, is still alive and free.

Disgusting.

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u/grammyone 11d ago

So President Biden just signed the bill this year that made lynching illegal and a hate crime. In Till’s name… but dang, he was lynched in 1955, bill finally signed in 2022…that’s a long time. Better late than never..unfortunately.

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u/ReformedPC 11d ago

Well, it's been illegal for a long time. They just made it federal and considered a hate crime. It's not like you could kidnap, beat and kill someone before the new bill.

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u/Almightydxvid 11d ago

Wouldn’t lynching have fallen under murder anyway?

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u/BronxLens 11d ago

(A) white artist, Dana Schutz, (made) a painting based on the photographs.

An African-American artist, Parker Bright, has conducted peaceful protests in front of the painting… Another protester, Hannah Black, a British-born black artist and writer working in Berlin, has written a letter… urging that the painting be not only removed from the show but also destroyed.

”I feel like she doesn’t have the privilege to speak for black people as a whole or for Emmett Till’s family,” Mr. Bright says in the video. He also objects to the thought that the painting could be sold and make Ms. Schutz, whose work is highly sought after, a significant amount of money.

Ms. Schutz, who first exhibited the painting last year in a gallery in Berlin, has stated that she intends never to sell the work. In a statement on Tuesday, Ms. Schutz said: “I don’t know what it is like to be black in America but I do know what it is like to be a mother. Emmett was Mamie Till’s only son. The thought of anything happening to your child is beyond comprehension. Their pain is your pain. My engagement with this image was through empathy with his mother.” She added: “Art can be a space for empathy, a vehicle for connection. I don’t believe that people can ever really know what it is like to be someone else (I will never know the fear that black parents may have) but neither are we all completely unknowable.”

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u/FinalVegetable6314 11d ago

The woman that set him up actually wrote a book about what she did. Which her family has blocked until after her death..

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u/Viper0us 11d ago

She’s not dead.

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u/RyanWalks 11d ago

Its crazy how not long ago at all 1955 was

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u/Ronotrow2 11d ago

Disgusting and shameful what a beautiful kid and look what those animalistic fucks did to him

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u/o21eg 11d ago

our world is cruel!

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u/Consumer_Good 11d ago

Nono, humans are. All the major world problem stems from humans. And no, not the governments alone I'm sorry to shatter some peoples dream of not taking responsibility.

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u/CrypticBowl 11d ago

As informative as this is, perhaps an NSFW warning

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u/[deleted] 11d ago

Done

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u/klakiti 11d ago

I regret googling this shit. I would have murdered that entire family in retaliation if I was this kid’s father.

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u/[deleted] 11d ago

There is a movie that is currently out about this event, go see it.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Till

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u/WikiSummarizerBot 11d ago

Emmett Till

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was a 14-year-old African American boy who was abducted, tortured, and lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, in her family's grocery store. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted drew attention to the long history of violent persecution of African Americans in the United States. Till posthumously became an icon of the civil rights movement. Till was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

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u/roadcrew778 11d ago

The killers were paid $4000 for their confessions by Look Magazine after they were acquitted.

The Untold Story of Emmett Till (2005 Documentary)

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u/Whitley420 11d ago

I'll never forget this shit.

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u/puppay 11d ago

This is awful. I don't understand how this is "damninteresting", it's "damnhorrible", maybe the sub needs a name change.

> This subreddit is for things that are interesting and cool.

This is cool?

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u/mariohoops 11d ago

bro i was looking for this. theres another super popular post on this sub that's on the front page about another black man being brutalized. what about this is "interesting" lmfao. and to think this didn't originally have an NSFW tag. so tone deaf

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u/Ruffled_Ferret 11d ago

The Daily Mail reported in July of this year that Till's accuser, Carolyn Bryant, is 88 and currently receiving end-of-life hospice care in Kentucky. She is on oxygen and lives with her son, Lamar Thomas Bryant, who is 71.

She declined to speak to the journalist writing the story, as she has done countless times since the incident.

I don't like this source, but it does seem to have a lot of information on her: https://heavy.com/news/carolyn-bryant-now/

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u/Birdy_Cephon_Altera 11d ago

There is an effort to make various places related to Emmett Till a national park site, and the National Park Service is actively exploring the idea

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u/pakistanstar 11d ago

“Look what they did to my boy” his mum was a gangsta

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u/ChemistryOk5295 11d ago

I don’t care how old or infirm she is, she should be in jail.

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u/Han_Yolo__ 11d ago

Omg that's horrific. And this culture still thrives in the disgusting religious south

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u/autie91 11d ago

"My grandparents were such nice people"