By Tonia Whitaker
In 1955 a time of segregation, racism, and race riots; a young boy named Emmitt Till was horribly let down by the United States Constitution. Till was visiting his family in Mississippi from Chicago, Illinois. A woman named Carolyn Bryant accused the 14 year old boy of harassing her, while he was simply getting bubble gum at the local store while visiting his family. The women said he grabbed her waist and forcibly touched her. This lie caused him his life, because he was brutally mutilated and murdered. Roy Bryant and his half brother kidnapped Till from his family home and tortured him all night. Then, he tied a metal fan around his neck and threw him into a river. The picture of his lifeless body in the casket spread an uproar of anger throughout the nation at the time when blacks and whites couldn’t even use the same bathroom.
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