Congress finally makes lynching a federal hate crime after 120 years of campaigning

Congress finally makes lynching a federal hate crime after 120 years of campaigning

27.2.2020

Congress finally makes lynching a federal hate crime after 120 years of campaigning

The legislation is named after a young black teenager who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 for talking to a white woman.

Fill 2 Copy 11 Thursday 27 February 2020 02:05, UK Image: The lynching of Ab Young by a mob of 50 men at at Slayden, Mississippi in March 1935 Why you can trust Sky News Some 65 years after the torture and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till by two white men in Mississippi and 120 years after it first considered the issue, Congress has finally made lynching a federal hate crime. The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act was passed overwhelmingly, although four lawmakers still voted against it. Lynching will now be punishable by life imprisonment, a fine, or both. The Senate passed its own anti-lynching legislation last year. Welcoming the decision by Congress, Illinois Representative Bobby Rush said:"We sent a strong message that violence - and race-based violence in particular - has no place in American society." Lynching is defined as the killing of a person by a group for an alleged offence without a legal trial, often but not always by hanging. Between the 1880s and 1960s thousands of Americans, most of them black, were lynched, particularly in the southern states. Advertisement Image: Emmett Till was just 14 when he was abducted, tortured and murdered The 1955 murder of Emmett Till, after whom the bill is named, became a rallying cry for the civil rights movement. The Chicago teenager was visiting relatives near the town of Money, Mississippi when he was accused of flirting with 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the white married proprietor of a small grocery store, although what he said to her has always been disputed. More from US Read more: Sky News

120 years too late! 🌼☀️ It would have been better for America and most of the world if the white man had just stayed at home. This raises not only eyebrows, but serious questions. So, if it is now a hate crime, what was it before? A misdemeanour? When was the last lynching in the US? 1981, which is shocking to me & most. Went out in the 1930’s.

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