While 'Scar of Injustice' Lingers and Racist Violence Persists, DOJ Reopens 1955 Murder Case of Emmett Till

The case into the 1955 kidnapping, torture, and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till—whose killing helped galvanize opposition to racism in the South and fueled the Civil Rights movement—has been reopened by the U.S. Justice Department, news outlets reported Wednesday.

“The scar of injustice is deep, but we are convinced that if we can get justice and make this right for Emmett, America can begin to heal.” —Deborah Watts, Emmett Till Legacy Foundation According to the Associated Press:

In an op-ed earlier this month, Till’s cousin Deborah Watts, founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, argued that holding those guilty of Emmett’s murder—even after more than 60 years—is as essential and necessary as it ever was. Citing Timothy B. Tyson’s recently-published book “The Blood of Emmett Till”—which the AP reporting speculates could be at least part of the reason the DOJ has reopened the case—Watts wrote, “Some have told us to move on, it’s too late! Is it really too late for us to pursue justice?”

She concluded:

 

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