Dark Side of Emmett Till Civil Rights Icon

by Lewis Loflin

We have Emmett Louis Till thrown in our faces almost everyday of the week, yet the story is not so cut and dry as it seems. His father was a rapist and murderer while some of Emmett Till's killers may have been black. Let's look at good old daddy.

Louis Till (1922 - July 2, 1945) was an American soldier and convicted rapist and murderer. He is best known as the father of Emmett Louis Till, whose murder in 1955 at the age of fourteen galvanized the African-American civil rights movement.

A soldier during World War II, Louis Till was executed by the U.S. Army in 1945 after being found guilty of murder and rape. The circumstances of his death were little known even to his family until they were revealed after the trial of his son's murderers ten years later, which affected subsequent discourse on the death of Emmett Till.

Louis Till grew up an orphan in New Madrid, Missouri. As a young man, Till worked at the Argo Corn Company, was an amateur boxer, and was very popular with women. At the age of 17, he began courting Mamie Carthan, a woman of the same age. Her parents disapproved, thinking the charismatic Till was "too sophisticated" for their daughter. At her mother's insistence, Mamie broke off their courtship. But the persistent Till won out, and they married on October 14, 1940. Both were 18 years old. Their only child, Emmett Louis Till, was born on July 25, 1941.

Mamie left her husband soon after learning that he had been unfaithful. Louis, enraged, choked her to unconsciousness, to which she responded by throwing scalding water at him. Eventually she obtained a restraining order against him. After violating this repeatedly, a judge forced Till to choose between enlistment in the United States Army or imprisonment time. Choosing the former, he enlisted in 1943.

While serving in the Italian Campaign, Till was arrested by military police, who suspected him of the murder of an Italian woman and the rape of two others in Civitavecchia. After a lengthy investigation he was court martialed, found guilty, and sentenced to death by hanging. The sentence was carried out at the United States Army Disciplinary Training Center north of Pisa on July 2, 1945. (wiki)

Emmett Till was not the poor innocent teenager they made him out to be. His attempts at some claim grabbing and fondling a married white women in the South was stupid even for white people of the time. His murder was certainly wrong, but was his death over race or behavior?

In researching this I was stunned to find out BLACKS were also involved in his murder and not charged - nor is that fact even mentioned. History News Network October 15, 2008 noted the following extract from 60 Minutes:


Ed Bradley's report on the case that helped galvanize the civil rights movement in America will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Oct. 24 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The woman Till "whistled" at, Carolyn Bryant, disappeared from view and was never arrested or charged in the crime. 60 MINUTES found her, now aged 70, living in Greenville, Miss., divorced and remarried and now known as Carolyn Donham. 60 MINUTES confirmed that Donham is a focus of the investigation. Neither she nor her son, Frank Bryant, would discuss Till or the reopened investigation and her involvement in it...

Bryant and Milam were tried for the crime, but acquitted by an all-white jury after a one-hour deliberation, despite the testimony of Wright's father and others.

Blacks were also involved in the crime, according to witnesses. Wright says his father saw a black man on his porch that night with Bryant and Milam and other witnesses said they saw a black man on the truck with Till. The witnesses claimed they saw Henry Lee Loggins, a black man who worked for Milam at the time and who 60 MINUTES also confirmed is under investigation. 60 MINUTES found him living in Ohio. Now 81, Loggins denies the stories."I can't figure it out," he tells Bradley."I wouldn't sit here and tell you no lie. I don't know nothing about that case."

Others are rushing to claim if blacks were involved, it was under duress. Like the Trayvon Martin case the racial-industrial complex wants a whites murdering innocent black "child" story while they fight to ignore the numinous black children out there murdering whites everyday. See more at:

I close with this statement from the FBI report:

On August 28, 1955, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Roy Bryant (the store owner) and his half brother, J.W. Milam and at least one other person appeared at the house of Till's great uncle looking for the boy who had "done the talking" in Money, and abducted the boy from the house. Bryant and Milam brutally beat Emmett Till, took him to the edge of the Tallahatchie River, shot him in the head, fastened a large metal fan used for ginning cotton to his neck with barbed wire, and pushed the body into the river.

The third suspect that was never tried was BLACK. Let me be clear the two feral white males that committed this act and later confessed in a magazine article should have been convicted and sentenced to death. But the claim Till "whistled" at the wife of one of the killers makes no sense. Was he another feral black teenager that made the mistake of thinking Mississippi was going to be like Chicago?

Like the Matthew Shepard murder which was over a drug deal gone bad and not his homosexuality, the story is a little more complex. Didn't hear the real facts behind Matthew Shepard? We'll get to that next time.



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