The Murder of Emmett Till
“It was down in Mississippi no so long ago, when a young boy from Chicago town stepped through a Southern door. This boy's dreadful tragedy I can still remember well, the color of his skin was black and his name was Emmett Till”. On August 28th 1955, Emmett Till ,who was a young fourteen year old African American boy, was brutally beaten and then later murdered by two white men Roy Bryant and John William. After the young boy had died, the two men tied his body up to a seventy-five pound fan using a barbwire and threw him out into the Tallahatchie River so that the boy’s body would not float up. Even before Tills body was body was found in the River, the two men were arrested for kidnapping but were later released and were charged “not guilty” with the murder of Emmett Louis Till. When the body was later discovered, sources said that it looked horrifying. The government of Mississippi declared that the funeral for Emmett Till be closed casket but Till’s mother insisted that he have an open casket funeral because she wanted everyone to see all the pain and the hatred that African Americans had to endure form some of the white people just because of their race and skin color. “When I got to his chin, I saw his tongue resting there. It was huge; I never imagined that a human tongue could be that big.... From the chin I moved up to his right cheek. There was an eyeball hanging down, resting on that cheek.... Right away, I looked to the other eye. But it wasn't there.... Dear God, there were only two [teeth] now, but they were definitely his. I looked at the bridge of his nose.... It had been chopped.... From there, I went to one of his ears.... And that's when I found out that the right ear had been cut almost in half.... And I don't know what happened to that part of his ear, but it wasn't on the back part of his skull. I did check. And when I did, I saw that someone ... had taken a hatchet and had cut through the top of his head, from...
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