The DOJ is reopening the investigation of Emmett Till’s death. Will its findings mean anything? 


The Department of Justice announced that it is reopening its Emmett Till investigation due to “new information.”

The Trump administration’s handling of civil rights issues is prompting skepticism.

More than a decade after closing its investigation into the lynching of Emmett Till, a black teen whose brutal murder in 1955 served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement, the Department of Justice says it is looking into the case once again.

On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the DOJ had reopened its investigation into Till’s murder, according to a letter sent to Congress earlier this year. The report noted that the DOJ had moved to open the investigation in light of “new information,” but did not specify what that information was. The DOJ declined Vox’s request for comment, noting that it does not discuss active investigations.

For some 60 years, Till’s death has served as one of the most prominent examples of the horrors lynching inflicted on black people in the decades after slavery. Historians have paid close attention to his case; the white men accused of his murder, Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam, confessed to murdering Till months after a jury acquitted them.

News of the reopened investigation — itself the product of a federal cold case act bearing Till’s name — comes as some grapple with how to best acknowledge the racial demons of America’s past, and with how they continue to affect its present.

In recent years, activists, scholars, and journalists have asserted that Till’s case in particular remains relevant today, arguing that as America continues to deal with issues like racial profiling, police violence, and mass incarceration, the crimes of the Jim Crow era aren’t as distant as time suggests.

Till’s murder reignited the civil rights movement

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