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The Color of the Third DegreeRacism, Police Torture, and Civil Rights in the American South, 1930-1955$
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Silvan Niedermeier

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469652979

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652979.001.0001

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(p.146) Conclusion
The Color of the Third Degree

Silvan Niedermeier

, Paul Cohen
University of North Carolina Press

The final chapter summarizes the study’s findings and outlines the continuity of torture in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century and focuses on the murder of Emmett Till. The abduction and murder of Emmett Till publicized the brutality of racism in the South. The African American victims of torture, civil rights activists, and federal authorities began to expose the widespread use of police torture and demand legal consequences for the perpetrators. It closes with a look at the present situation and asks what insights and lessons this book can provide for the current struggle against racism and police violence in the United States.

Keywords:   Torture, Emmett Till, Racism, Police violence, African Americans

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