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Fear of Death Still Lingers in the Mississippi Delta; Emmett Till Relative Confirms

(Photo from the public domain; used with permission of Keith Beauchamp.)

Nearly 55 years after Emmett Till was killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman in the small town of Money, Miss., one of his relatives still worries that her brother might suffer violence for being a black man married to a white woman.

“There’s a big fear still of seeing black boys with white girls,” said Priscilla Sterling, whose grandfather was a cousin of Till’s mother, in an interview with Kate Brumback of the Associated Press. “There’s still this concept of they’re going to look at you and they’re going to get you.”

“Even though my brother and his white wife live in California, where things are supposed to be better, I still have this fear that something might happen to him,” she added, her voice cracking and tears streaming down her face.”

Brumback’s story continues