A Persona Of Emmett Till

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  Look what Mississippi did to my boy (Mamie Till, page 131) His mom quoted when she was informed of Emmett’s short life and terrifying death. Emmett had an amazing life  as a black boy in Chicago. He had a white girlfriend, great school, a numerous amount of friends, and the most important one, no hate or racism.

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Emmett was living his life! He really liked exploring and playing baseball. He was a normal boy that did not deserve the death he had. In 1955, Emmett Till was tragically tortured and murdered in Mississippi leading to his mother displaying her son’s body. Triumph that it shocked the whole world and it started the civil right movement.  

To begin with in 1955 the south was still segregated nowhere more so than Mississippi. Emmett Till, a 14 year old black boy from Chicago, went to visit relatives in Money Mississippi and also wanted to go see his cousins. He did not understand the southern culture nor danger that existed for African American. Although Emmett’s mom though it would be a terrible idea, Emmett was really looking forward to it. Indeed she was right, it was a terrible idea (Houck&Dixon, magazine).

Furthermore, according to Pophan, Emmett Till was first abducted from his uncle house because he was visiting and staying there. He was taken at 2 A.M or sometime after. After he was abducted, Emmett was killed especially tortured as well shot, and additionally they burned him. After that those 2 white men decided to hide the fact that they killed Emmett Till. They tied Emmet to a heavy object and threw him down a river nearby.

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