Death Of Innocent Essay Emmett Till

         “ God told me, “I have taken one from you, but I will give you thousands.” …

     – Mamie Till-Mobley , Death Of Innocence : The Story Of The Hate Crime That Changed America

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During the Jim Crow era blacks and white were severally separated race wise ,multiple African-Americans were being Lynched and killed and there was nobody batting an eye towards this situation and it was seen as a normal situation in the South. The Plessy V. Ferguson case of 1895 caused segregation and Jim Crow to start with the “ Separate But Accommodations “ rule  . This law caused a lot of turmoil between blacks and whites because of whites believing they more superior than blacks and that blacks were the less relevant race compared to them. Black men and boys were killed ,kidnapped ,and lynched and this became a normal thing at this time and there wasn’t any attention drawn towards these situations happening in the South since it was seen as a normal thing. The Brown v. Board case help go against the Jim Crow law with helping segregation end in Public Schools in the South and help blacks and whites to start being actually equal but not separated.

The Plessy V. Ferguson Trail

The Plessy V. Ferguson Trail in 1895 is what started “Jim Crow”. This trail caused for blacks and whites to separate but equal , for example there would be a separate water fountain or bathroom for blacks that only they are allowed to use. Jim Crow was used in the south especially in Mississippi , where Emmett Till and many more African American boys were killed.This law was passed even though it was against the 14th amendment “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” it was exposed of this during the Brown V Board of education case.

 

               Brown v. Board of Education

The Brown V Board case of 1952 was the case that stopped segregation in public schools. The court case helped african americans be able to have the same education as others and being able to go to the sames school as whites without being treated differently or kicked out because of their race.This court case was the stepping stone of helping stop segregation in the united states.It gave blacks the right to go to the same school as whites and this was paving the way to stopping segregation in South and sooner ending the Jim Crow era.There were segregation in schools until the 1954 case for Brown v. Board of education , this case helped racially undivide public schools in the united states since it was against the 14th amendment “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”The Brown V Board case of 1952 was the case that stopped segregation in public schools. The court case helped african americans be able to have the same education as others and being able to go to the sames school as whites without being treated differently or kicked out because of their race.This court case was the stepping stone of helping stop segregation in the united states.It gave blacks the right to go to the same school as whites and this was paving the way to stopping segregation in South and sooner ending the Jim Crow era.

 

The Murder of Emmett Till

In 1955 Emmett Till was kidnapped and murdered in Money, Mississippi by J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant for whistling at Carolyn Bryant ( Roy Bryant’s wife ).Emmett Till was accused of whistling at Carolyn bryant after entering their store and purchasing candy and also asking Bryant on a date.  Emmett was beaten after being taken from his uncle home and drove around memphis by Roy Bryant And Milam and another unknown man.Emmett lifeless body was later drown into the tallahatchie river and weighed down by a fan.When Emmetts body was found his body was beaten to a pulp and he could only be identified by his father’s ring.

The court case that followed on September 13 was unjust and unfair because of the jury all white men pleaded the duo not guilty and Roy bryant and Jw Milam used their children and and wifes for people to feel sympathy for them and this was seen as “Legal Crookedness”. ,and also the “sharecroppers” that were witnesses towards this situation was either kidnapped,killed,or drown out of town so that they wouldn’t speak during the trial.But multiple people did stand out to help Emmett’s murderers be brought to justice ,something that African-Americans at this time were to afraid to do. Emmett Till’s mother Mamie Till exposed the body for the world to see and it sparked a lot of controversy , Jet magazine posted a picture of Emmetts mutilated body. and this sparked the light of the Civil Rights Movement.

Emmett Till’s murder was in human and disgusting but his death also help American realize how racially divided we are .After Emmett’s case was closed and Roy and Jw were seen as not guilty Mamie till (emmett’s mother) sent a telegram to president Eisenhower asking for the supreme court to reopen the case 100 days after his death Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery Alabama on 1955 and this started the 381 day montgomery Bus Boycott and started the civil rights movement.

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