Lynching is now a federal hate crime in the United States. This comes 65 years after Emmett Till was murdered by a racist white mob in Mississippi.
The bill was introduced by Illinois state rep Bobby Rush. The Congress has been trying to issue anti-lynching legislation for 120 years to no avail. Today the Housed passed the measure with a vote of 410-4.
“The importance of this bill cannot be overstated,” said Rush, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. “From Charlottesville to El Paso, we are still being confronted with the same violent racism and hatred that took the life of Emmett and so many others. The passage of this bill will send a strong and clear message to the nation that we will not tolerate this bigotry.”
The bill will now go to the White House. It is expected that President Trump will sign it.
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