HOW DO YOU THINK MILAM REACTED PERSONALLY TO TILL? DO YOU THINK HE, DID HE EVER SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THAT?
He told me about—first he was terribly surprised …
First, uh, Milam was startled at the belligerent attitude, or the fact that young Till didn't appear to be afraid of him. Now he'd gone and gotten him out of bed and had him in the back of a truck and, J.W. Milam could not imagine a young black being in that position with him and not being terribly afraid. Uh, now remember he had been a soldier in the Second World War. A man like him were told that blacks couldn't—wouldn't make good soldiers because at night all you had to do is throw a flare at them and they'd run. And uh, so he, he was utterly startled when he found, uh, Emmett Till talking back to him and not, and showing absolutely no fear of him at all. Telling him he's as good as he is. Sure, he's got a white girl. So what? Here's a picture. This sort of thing.