Black people have witnessed this type story play out time and time again. The lies bubble to the surface, sometimes slower than others; but generally, the people know they are there, -the mendacity, the deceit, the perjury. They may not know with unquestioned veracity or specificity, but they know innately, through experience, deep down in the gut, that the lies are there. #EmmettTill #CarolBryant
|Emmett Till's killer, Carolyn Bryant.|
" according to Vanity Fair, Carolyn Bryant testified that Emmett “had grabbed her and verbally threatened her. She said that while she was unable to utter the ‘unprintable’ word he had used ... ‘he said [he had]’—done something – ‘with white women before.’”
The jury did not hear Carolyn Bryant’s testimony because the judge ruled that it was not relevant to Emmett’s murder, but the result was the same, and her testimony was still heard by court spectators and put on the record because the defense wanted to use it as evidence in case of an appeal if the defendants happened to be convicted.
However, now, Vanity Fair reports, Carolyn Bryant Donham (who has since been divorced and remarried twice more) has broken her decades long silence.
In a new book The Blood of Emmett Till, author Timothy Tyson, a Duke University senior research scholar, reveals that in 2007 Donham, at the age of 72, admitted that she had made up the most damning part of her testimony.
“That part’s not true,” Donham reportedly told Tyson about her claim that Emmett made verbal and physical advances toward her.
Conveniently, according to Vanity Fair, she said that she couldn’t remember the rest of what happened that August evening in the store. The news site noted that the now-82-year-old’s whereabouts have been kept a secret by her family.
Tyson’s book is due to be published next week by Simon & Schuster. And, according to Vanity Fair, although several other authors have written about Emmett’s story, no one, with the exception of Tyson, has ever had the opportunity to interview Donham." ~ Michael Scipio
|Some white women are so openly sweet of spirit you question the resistance to marrying them. Sensing they are good for you is difficult to wrestle with. Isn't the idea to find a mate for the soul? ~ Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 2.5.17|
|Emmett Till as he is remembered.|