Emmett Till Effect

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It is a magnificent thing that Emmett Till, at the age of 14 years old, could cause start the civil rights movement. People such as Bayard Rustin and Harry Hay had to wait about half their lives to stand up for what is right. This child was able to do just that on a larger scale since his actions caused the civil rights movement to go nationwide, he was also able to inspire other citizens after him, like Rosa Parks and Malcolm X, to do something about what was happening in America. Depression settles over anybody who knows that this young man had to die for awareness to raise. When he has murdered a magazine that was major for African-Americans, “Jet,” printed a picture of the boy on its cover, which made certain organizations like the National…show more content…
Modernly, when someone commits kidnapping and murder in cold blood the charges are high. However, the weight of the punishment became lifted when the plaintiff was white. Emmett's cousin, Simeon Wright, became one of the first black men to accuse a white man of a serious crime during the trial. The text states that “Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J. W. Milam, of killing the boy, even though the pair had admitted to the kidnapping(Jalon, one).” After the murder acquittal, the state tried to get a kidnapping charge against Bryant and Milam from a local grand jury. The saying “second time's the charm” didn't apply, because the state did not triumph. At that moment, every future civil rights activist either heard or saw this boy and decided to take a stand to stop the…show more content…
Emmett Till was more than just an unlucky African-American, he was a symbol. He did more than represent what was wrong with the United States, he represented how life in the United States should have been. He was in the mindset that a black person should have the right to freely speak to a white person without fear for his or her life. Right now that kind of thinking just seems like a right, but it didn't start that way. We got that right by people putting their lives on the line to protest for what they believe in, to try a way of life that has never been attempted before. All of that came from that one boy who tried to live the life of the future. Emmett Till's story could be considered as minor when compared to other people's lives, but if taken a closer look it is easy to see that this boy was one of the most important people who lead the civil rights
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