A SCRAPBOOK OF RACIST HORROR
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA -JULY 29, 2020: A memorial to Emmett Till, is located in front of a commemorative plaque at Bruces Beach, a park located in Manhattan Beach. Till was a 14-year-old African American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. Bruces Beach used to be owned by one of the first prominent Black oceanfront homeowners (in the 1920s) but Manhattan Beach ran them out of town and erased/rewrote the history of what happened. A new generation of residents is now calling on the city to confront its racist past. Many have reclaimed the space in recent weeks to celebrate and honor the Black Lives Matter movement. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
The scenery of Tallahatchie River where Emmett Till’s body was found in Money, Mississippi, United States, 1955 (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Sheriff Clarence Strider (1904 – 1970) examines a gin fan during the trial of J W Milam and Roy Bryant, Sumner, Mississippi. September 1955. Milam and Bryant were accused of murdering Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy from Chicago who had allegedly flirted with Bryant’s wife and sinking his body in the Tallahatchie River with a gin fan tied to him with barbed wire. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) Description: Gin fan tied to Emmett Till before he was murdered used as evidence during the trial. [JB: not totally sure this is THE fan or just A fan. Captions are unspecific. Also, is this Clarence Strider?] City: Sumner State: MS Country: US cr: Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) OWNED.
Prosecutors show the wheel used to weigh down the body of the Emment TIll.
African American community gathers for the Emmett Till protest at Sharp St Church, 1955. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)
Chicago: Mourners and curiosity seekers flock around the entrance to Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ here during funeral services for Emmett Till, 14, a Chicago boy slain in Mississippi recently while on vacation. Till, a Negro, was kidnapped by two White men and later found slain, after he reportedly whistled at a White woman in Greenwood, Miss. About 50,000 persons viewed the body at the chapel here in late September 2 and early September 3.
Emmett Till’s mother Mamie Bradley speaks to the press after her son’s kidnapping and murder. (Photo By Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Mother of “Whistle” Murder Victim Meets the Press. Sumner, Mississippi: Mrs. Mamie Bradley, mother of Emmett Louis Till, the 14-year-old Negro boy for whose murder two White men are on trial at Sumner, is shown talking to reporters after her appearance at the trial today caused so much furor that a recess was called. Mrs. Bradley flew from Chicago to be present at the trial of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, who are accused of killing her son because he “wolf-whistled” at Bryant’s wife.
Children holding newspaper during the anti-lunching rally after the acquittal of men accused of killing Emmett Till, Harlem, New York City, New York, 1955 (Photo by Grey Villet/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
People gathering during the anti-lynching rally after the acquittal of men accused of killing Emmett Till, Harlem, New York City, New York, 1955 (Photo by Grey Villet/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Collapses at Funeral. Chicago: Luke Ward (center), junior pastor and theology student in Church of God in Christ, is comforted by Bishop H.M. Hooper of Risen Holy Nazarene Church (left) after Ward broke down at the funeral of Emmett Till, 14-year-old Negro youth found murdered in Greenwood, Miss. The pastor at right is unidentified.
Mamie Bradley (L) speaking to an anti-lynching rally after the acquittal of men accused of killing her son, Emmett Till. (Photo by Grey Villet/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Interior view of the segregated seating in the packed Tallahatchie County Courthouse during the trial of J W Milam and Roy Bryant who were accused of the murder of Emmett Till, Sumner, Mississippi, September 1955. Till was a 14-year-old African-American boy from Chicago who had allegedly flirted with Bryant’s wife, a white woman. Photojournalist Ernest Withers of the Chicago Defender is seated in the center foreground with his back to the camera. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) Ernest Withers (back to camera).
J.W. Milam (left) and his half-brother, Roy Bryant (right) were acquitted today in the Emmett Louis Till murder trial. The two still face a kidnapping charge in nearby Leflore Co. Mississippi. This comes up next November at Greenwood, MS.
CHICAGO – JUNE 13: Leon Smith examines photographs from the funeral of Emmett Till at the Chicago Historical Society on June 13, 2005, in Chicago, Illinois. The “Without Sanctuary” exhibit features a collection of lynching photographs and other memorabilia. The Senate today is expected to apologize for its past failures to pass a law to stop lynching, a crime that cost the lives of over 4,700 people, mostly blacks, between 1882 and 1968. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images).
ALSIP, ILLINOIS – MARCH 22: A faded photograph is attached to the headstone that marks the gravesite of Emmett Till in Burr Oak Cemetery on March 22, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. Till’s brutal murder in Money, Mississippi in the summer of 1955 and his mother’s decision to hold an open-casket funeral to expose the brutality of the murder is credited with igniting the modern civil rights movement. The home in Chicago where Till lived with his mother recently gained Chicago landmark status and there are plans to turn the home into a museum and the church where his funeral was held is being considered for designation as a National Monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Oprah Tells Dr. Oz the Derek Chauvin Trial Caused Her to Think of Emmett Till
The show host says the similarities of the trials made her fear that justice would not be served.
Written by Jamila Bey
Oprah Winfrey said the night before the Derek Chauvin trial, she had a dream of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicago boy, tortured and lynched in 1955 in Money, Mississippi, for allegedly whistling at a white woman. That woman, Carolyn Bryant, has since recanted her story that caused her husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother J.W. Milam to kidnap and kill Till.
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An all-White jury acquitted Roy and J.W. them five days after the start of the trial. Carolyn Bryant was never held accountable.
Winfrey sat for an interview with Dr. Memet Oz for an upcoming episode of his show and recounted her dream. Page Six reports that she said, “we were all on a bus together, and the bus blew up.” She continued, “And so I wake in that morning like, what does that mean? And does that mean this whole trial is going to blow up…?”
Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The shockingly rare instance of a white police officer being held accountable for killing a Black man. Floyd’s death sparked worldwide protests against police brutality. Despite the video that showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, there was concern that there would be no conviction.
Page Six reports that Winfrey told Oz watching the verdict caused her to become emotional. “I started to tear up, and I asked myself, ‘Where is this emotion coming from?’ And I was having … flashbacks of Till and all the names that we’ve heard protesters speak for.”
It seems that Winfrey rested well after the verdict came down. She said in the interview, “So I went to bed thinking about Emmett Till and the fact that he never received justice. And this moment was a sacrifice for all of the people who didn’t receive justice.”
Chauvin remains imprisoned until his sentencing in June.