FBI releases Emmett Till autopsy – USATODAY.com More than half a century after 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman, his family sat down with federal investigators to discuss the final autopsy on the boy’s exhumed body and to hear about the investigation. The report released Thursday found that Till died of a gunshot wound to the head and that he had broken wrist bones and skull and leg fractures. When his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River in the summer of 1955, the report said, "the crown of his head was just crushed out … and a piece of his skull just fell out." The report also set out a timeline constructed from witness statements, and it said a third man had given a deathbed confession. Roy Bryant, the white woman’s husband, and his half-brother J.W. Milam were charged in Till’s death shortly after the killing but were acquitted by an all-white jury. Both men, now deceased, later confessed in a 1956 interview with Look magazine. According to the new report, Leslie Milam, a relative of the two men, also confessed before he died.
And so, it seems that justice does have color. And like 50 years ago, make no mistake that color has a big role in juries and outcomes, as you have to look no further than the atrocities in the state of Texas where it routinely takes place. Whether it be a white defendant and a white jury, or a black defendant and white jury.
So while this is America, it is still America…..and we must continue to work hard to remove that second part of America. Someday…maybe someday.