End of Till Case Draws Mixed Response

End of Till Case Draws Mixed Response

There are 2 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 3, 2007, titled End of Till Case Draws Mixed Response. In it, Newsday reports that:

Even as the U.S. Department of Justice was announcing a fresh look at unsolved civil rights-era killings around the South, a Mississippi Delta prosecutor was closing the books on perhaps the most notorious of ...

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Little Rock, AR

#1 Mar 3, 2007
Here is a description of the incident from a contemporary "Look" magazine article (a must read, viewable at the PBS website):

"Carolyn was behind the counter; Bobo [Till] in front. He asked for two cents' worth of bubble gum. She handed it to him. He squeezed her hand and said: "How about a date, baby?"
She jerked away and started for Juanita Milam. At the break between counters, Bobo jumped in front of her, perhaps caught her at the waist, and said: "You needn't be afraid o' me, Baby. I been with white girls before."
At this point, a cousin ran in, grabbed Bobo and began pulling him out of the store. Carolyn now ran, not for Juanita, but out the front, and got the pistol from the Milam car.
Outside, with Bobo being ushered off by his cousins, and with Carolyn getting the gun, Bobo executed the "wolf whistle" which gave the case its name"

What transpired there was closer to a low level sexual assault than a mere whistle. The whistle story is propaganda, propaganda with a remarkable shelf life. The AP reporter who wrote this story must know it is a lie, yet he chose to repeat it anyway. You may say that a 14 year old didn't deserve to die for this assault but why not tell the truth? Could it be that the truth would deminish Till's value as propaganda weapon, that it might remind the white audience of the pandemic of black on white racist rape and other forms of violence that have swept this country since the 60s, crime which, unlike the Emmett Till case, is downplayed by the media?

United States

#2 Mar 4, 2007
In 1955, an all-white Tallahatchie County jury took just 67 minutes to acquit Bryant and Milam of killing the 14-year-old.

the bottom line
they were acquitted just like O J was.

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