Bryant And Faulkner's On Fear, The White Men In The South

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their power, for if they do, they may also die, just as Emmett Till did. With the fear of their life being disrupted, Bryant and Milam wanted to offset their absence of not being able to protect Caroline during her confrontation; as such, they killed Till to show other black individuals that if they could do it to a young Chicago boy, then they could do it to anyone else too. As second class citizens, many black individuals decided to migrate to the Northern cities from the South due to unfair working conditions in order to obtain more opportunities. Those who relocated were most angry about the disfranchisement, segregation, and lynching that took place and were those who were most eager to obtain social and political equality (Halttunen…show more content…
Faulkner describes in his essay On Fear, the white men in the South were afraid “that the Negro, who has done so much with no chance, might do so much more with an equal one that he might take the white man’s economy away from him, the Negro now the banker or the merchant or the planter and the white man the sharecropper or the tenant” (Faulkner, 31). Faulkner further explains that a black person should not have economic equality, as white people feared that providing them more social equality would jeopardize their current status (Faulkner, 34). Whites feared that black individuals would become too accomplished and wealthy as they integrated with whites causing whites to strategically lynch blacks in order to prevent them from diminishing their superiority. Till was murdered in the summertime preceding the period that was suppose to be the first year in which schools were desegregated in the South. The United States Supreme Court banned segregation after the ruling Brown v. the Board of Education. Whites in Mississippi greatly opposed the integration of blacks as it would mean giving up their privileges and disregarding values that had been passed on from one generation to the next. Many white individuals did not want blacks to become educated as they feared that blacks would challenge their supremacy and were not content with working in the fields or in domestic service. Bryant and Milam’s act was a larger battle between the federal government and Mississippi as it was a desperate measure that was necessary to maintain their Jim Crow way of life. Milam describes in his interview with Look, “Goddam you, I’m going to make an example of you--just so everybody can know how me and folks stand” (The Confession). Black individuals living in the South was

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