VIA: HUFFINGTON POST
The woman who accused 14-year-old Emmet Till of flirting with her in 1955 revealed for the first time that those claims were fabricated.
Vanity Fair reports that Timothy Tyson, the author of a new book titled The Blood of Emmett Till, spoke with Carolyn Bryant Donham, who was 21-years-old when she accused Till of making verbal and physical advances towards her.
Donham’s claims against Till enraged two white men, J.W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant, who abducted and murdered Till three nights later, leaving his body bludgeoned, bruised and left at the bottom of the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi.
Donham’s claims against Till enraged two white men, J.W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant, who were both acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury.
Her testimony further criminalized Till, whose humanity meant little to the jury of white men charged with seeking justice for a young black man accused of whistling at a white woman.
As Donham revealed to Tyson in his new book: “That part’s not true.” “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” she said.
Donham, who told Tyson that she couldn’t recall what happened during the remainder of the evening, took the stand during the trial and claimed she was “Scared to death” in the moments that Till approached her.
According to Vanity Fair: She had asserted that Till had grabbed her and verbally threatened her.
Tyson is the first author to interview Donham, who actually approached Tyson initially because she was writing her memoirs which reportedly will not be released until 2036.
According to Vanity Fair, Donham’s daughter enjoyed Tyson’s earlier book titled Blood Does Sign My Name, which focuses on another tragic murder provoked by race.
Vanity Fair reports that Donham didn’t “Officially repent” for her actions by attempting to join racial justice groups for example but she did admit to feeling “Tender sorrow” for Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who died in 2003 and had committed her life to relentlessly fighting for civil rights.