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The truth shall set you free…I guess.
Back in August of 1955, 14-year-old Chicago native Emmett Till was brutally killed after being accused of flirting with a white woman.
During the trial, the accuser Carolyn Bryant claimed that Till grabbed and threatened her.
Years later, we learned that she admitted to exaggerating the claims that could have landed her husband J.W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant in jail.
“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” she admitted in a book titled The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson.
The article in Vanity Fair continues:
She also admitted she “felt tender sorrow,” Tyson would note, “for Mamie Till-Mobley”—Emmett Till’s mother, who died in 2003 after a lifetime spent crusading for civil rights. (She had bravely insisted that her son’s casket remain open at his funeral in order to show America what had been done to him.) “When Carolyn herself [later] lost one of her sons, she thought about the grief that Mamie must have felt and grieved all the more.”
See the full interview here.