Famous Crime Essay

1708 Words Jul 28th, 2015 7 Pages
Orlando A. Harper
CRJ101.90: Intro. to CRJ[MOD6 ONLINE (6/22/-8/15/2015)]
Famous Crime Paper (Emmett Till Murder)

A Murder that Changed America
American history is filled with instances of extreme racism. Many times discrimination happens for no reason other than the color of a person’s skin. One example of this blatant hate is the Emmett Till murder in Mississippi. Emmett was just a normal kid. He wasn’t a leader of the Civil Rights Movement or involved in racial issues in any way. When the trouble started, he was just acting like a normal teenager going on a dare from his friends. The way he was murdered outraged blacks and whites across America. Emmett Till was a young boy whose legacy changed the way people think about racial issues.
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In Chicago, he was even allowed to be friends with white boys and girls (Crowe 51). Because of this, Emmett wasn’t involved at all with the Civil Rights Movement. He was just a normal kid of Illinois who had many friends and was loved by everybody within his community (Crowe 27-28).
The moment Emmett stepped into Mississippi; he was in an entirely different world. It was a world where he had no idea how to behave, despite his mother’s warnings about the different social status of blacks in that area. “Emmett Till knew nothing of the dangerous and tense climate in Mississippi that he and his cousin would enter on August 21, 1955” (Crowe 35). To make matters even more dangerous, the south was still in an uproar over the Brown verses the Board of Education at Topeka court ruling. This was the case that made it illegal to have segregated schools in the United States (“Till” 1 and Crowe 19-20). One slip up in these parts of the United States could ruin a black person’s life. This way of life was completely unfamiliar to Emmett.
The summer of 1955, Emmett and his cousins begged to be allowed to take a fun trip to Money, Mississippi, a small town with a population of 55. Emmett wanted to spend his summer with kids his own age and spend some time out of the city. Originally, he was supposed to spend his summer vacation in Omaha with his mother, but he convinced her to let him take this trip on his own (Crowe 44). He was overcome with excitement,

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