Ruthless Black Twitter Has Much To Say About The Death of Emmett Till Accuser
Carolyn Bryant Donham, the white woman whose lies directly resulted in the gruesome murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, died on Tuesday. According to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office, the 88-year-old white woman died in hospice care in Westlake, La after a long battle with cancer.
We all (should) know the story: Till was tortured and murdered by K.W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant, after Bryant’s wife, Carolyn, claimed he whistled to her at a grocery store in Drew, Mississippi. At the time, flirting with a white woman was breaking societal rules. As a result, Milam and Bryant abducted Emmett and eventually killed him.
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In a 2017 report from Vanity Fair, author Timothy Dyson, a Duke University senior research scholar, reveals that in 2007 Donham, at 72, admitted that she lied about Till making verbal and physical advances toward her.
Not only do we loathe people who are racist, but we hate people who lie, and as you would imagine, Black Twitter did not hold back on Donham who never paid for all the pain she caused. There were those who took a more serious route.
Death is not justice.
An arrest warrant was issued for Carolyn Bryant Donham in August 1955 related to the murder of Emmett Till. But it was never served. Instead, she was able to live a full life to 88 years old.
Emmett Till only lived to 14 years old. This is not justice. pic.twitter.com/nwYAdGHqzv
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 27, 2023
I hope the hottest part of Hell has a spot ready for Carolyn Bryant. She lived a full life after lying on Emmett Till. No indictment. No jail. Nothing.
— Reid (@RVAReid) April 27, 2023
#EmmettTill’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, ensured that the world saw how gruesomely her 14 year-old child was murdered by violent white supremacists.
Racism isn’t disagreement.
Remember Emmett. pic.twitter.com/q9YYekCyD3
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 28, 2023
Carolyn Bryant Donham, the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago, has died at 88.
She got to grow old.
Emmett Till did not get that opportunity.
Rest In Power, Emmett. 🕊 pic.twitter.com/fUJnYcBYuy
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) April 27, 2023
And there are those who took a less serious route. As Black Twitter normally does, it joked but mostly celebrated the expiration of a woman who lied about a young Black boy and was able to live a full life without any consequences.
That Carolyn Bryant pack is in the air today. RIP Emmett Till.
— journalist jawn (@dirtywhiteups) April 27, 2023
News Media: "Carolyn Bryant, Emmitt Till's murderer, died today."
Black America: pic.twitter.com/dJR9LhArTO
— America's Favorite HBCU (@JBrooks02) April 27, 2023
Emmett Till and Jesus behind the Pearly Gates as Carolyn Bryant gets denied entry and sent back the other way. pic.twitter.com/vZ67IRsLQS
— Veezy World Peace 🌎 (@NotoriousVIC007) April 27, 2023
Emmitt Till watching Carolyn Bryant burn in hell: pic.twitter.com/vO3gw6MMO0
— MY NAME IS MY NAME 🇺🇸 (@ctreid89) April 27, 2023
A year ago, Till’s family was looking to prosecute her, but why not still go through with it? People are posthumously exonerated all the time. Alexander Williams was exonerated 91 years after being executed. His sister not only testified but was extremely happy with the outcome.
“I am happy. I am happy,” Susie Carter said. “There’s no way they can bring him back, but let his name be cleared of all that. He did not do it. There’s no way you can stab somebody 37 times and not have any blood on you.”
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