The New York Times, Fourteen Years discussed on Dana Loesch

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The new york times are committed to reporting the facts this is all things considered from npr news mary louise kelley elsa chang the justice department is reopening its investigation into the nineteen fifty five murder of emmett till based on the discovery of what it calls new information till was just fourteen years old visiting family in mississippi when a white woman said he had made crude sexual advances toward her he was kidnapped from his bed at night beaten and shot in the head his mutilated body was found days later in a river his mother mamie till mobely insisted on an open casket because she wanted the world to witness exactly what the attackers had done to her son to be a vein thing the calls a feeling i will say that he died the two white men who were tried in nineteen fiftyfive for till's murder were acquitted and both of them are now dead last year in his book the blood of emmett till researcher timothy tyson disclosed that the white woman who accused till had told him that her story was not true he joins us now from durham north carolina welcome glad to be here can we first step back for a moment and just give us some historical context how did emmett till murder helped galvanize the civil rights movement mainly bradley emmett's mother got his body back to chicago and had an open casket funeral somewhere between a hundred thousand two hundred and fifty thousand people viewed the body in the course of several days she then harness the power of black chicago the n double acp the chicago defender the johnson publishing company which is jet and ebony half a dozen other magazines all of these institutions with national reach she inspires a movement that elevated martin luther king the world historical status passed the civil rights act and the voting rights that national infrastructure was built by the till case now many people including emmett till family hope that your book would lead to reopening the investigation into his murder because you had the chance to speak with carolyn bryant donham the the white woman who had accused hill of harassing her can you just describe how she remembers this very brief encounter between emmett till and her she said her testimony in court of him grabbing her and making sexual advances to her that part's not true i said well what is true and she said to be perfectly honest i don't remember you tell these stories over and over until they seem true then she said nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him what do you make of the department of justice reopening this investigation think that it's a cynical political charade and utter hypocrisy for the justice department of jeff beauregard sessions and donald trump to feign caring about a black child murdered in nineteen fifty five when they're holding children of color in cages when they can't find a moral distinction between the nazis and those who demonstrate against them when jeff sessions has spent his whole career supporting restrictions on voting rights and i think it is rich with irony even if no one is prosecuted alternately is there value in just correcting the record in confirming that the allegations were false well i think that's been done that's in the blood of emmett till the fbi has never really close this case and there's a five hundred page report of the fbi's findings from nineteen fifty five certainly on into the nineteen ninety s nobody on to me the the fact that caroline bryant lied in court is not the morning news nobody believes she was telling the truth that's timothy tyson author of the blood of emmett till thanks very much for joining us thank you so much for having me the supreme court could soon shift to the right on some key issues if judge brad kavanagh is confirmed to replace retiring justice anthony kennedy abortion rights advocates are concerned that the newly configured court might reverse or substantially erode rove weighed that decision guaranteeing woman's right to an abortion under that scenario states could have free rein to restrict the procedure as npr's sarah mccamman reports reproductive rights activists are already taking up the fight over abortion in state legislatures before roe versus wade abortion was regulated by the states and most abortions were illegal in most of the.

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