Congress makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Emmett Till

House passes Emmett Till Antilynching Act, legislation that would make lynching a federal hate crime; passage comes more than century after anti-lynching legislation was first introduced in Congress.

27.2.2020

House passes Emmett Till Antilynching Act, legislation that would make lynching a federal hate crime; passage comes more than century after anti-lynching legislation was first introduced in Congress.

Congress previously failed to pass anti-lynching legislation nearly 200 times, starting with a bill introduced in 1900 by North Carolina Rep. George Henry White, the only black member of Congress at the time.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., used similar language to urge the bill's passage. “It is never too late to do the right thing and address these gruesome, racially motivated acts of terror that have plagued our nation’s history,'' he said, urging lawmakers to"renew our commitment to confronting racism and hate.''

Although Congress cannot truly rectify the terror and horror of these acts, Bass said, a legislative body that once included slave owners and Ku Klux Klan members will belatedly"stand up and do our part so that justice is delivered in the future.''Booker called lynching “a pernicious tool of racialized violence, terror and oppression” and “a stain on the soul of our nation.'' While Congress cannot undo lynching's irrevocable damage, ”we can ensure that we as a country make clear that lynching will not be tolerated,” Booker said.

The bill"makes clear that lynchings occupy a dark place in our country’s story and provides recognition of thousands of victims of lynching crimes,” including Emmett Till and many others, Clarke said.

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Just in time to curry the black vote. So. Does this mean police officers will finally be charged as the murderous lynchers we know them to be? This is a show and nothing more it is already illegal it called murder We have a national lynching problem? Wowzer ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS 😳🤔 Lynching is Murder. Murder is a crime. This is not a needed law.

Unacceptable But murdering infants that survived an abortion is still okey doke. Keep blazing those trails worsecongressever Until trump vetoes it Well, when politicians refuse to work together on ANYTHING, it's no big shock that it took more than a century to actually get this passed. Vote to make attacking Trump supporters a crime and then I'll be impressed !

Pretty sure murder was always a crime

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What a colossal waste of time & taxpayer money for these fools to be sitting around discussing & debating this subject. As if this is a serious problem that keep members of the black community up at night. Isn't murder a serious enough crime. It has to be ascended to higher level What chance this goes to top of McConnell's list of bills the Senate must pass?

4 assholes who voted against: Ted Yoho of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, and Justin Amash of Michigan. Oh look, Democrats trying to stir up racial animosity, for no reason, during an election year again. They got distracted Stupidest thing ever. Why are the Dems not doing real stuff

Awesome! They voted to make murder illegal. It’s about time. “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” -Winston Churchill Federal Hate crime - was it not made a federal crime a few yrs back?

and justinamash voted against it ... why?

House to take historic vote to make lynching a federal crimeLawmakers will take a historic vote on Wednesday when the House of Representatives takes up legislation to make lynching a federal crime. As with all things on the woke left, this is utterly pointless.... Take a vote WTF!! This law should be passed with no questions asked! This is what they waste their time with. Maybe make it a federal crime to bomb brown people overseas

I want to know the 4 cowards that voted against it So it took 65 years to pass this Why because their not to many black getting lunch knows days .. sickening had no ideal it was legal to lynch someone till this bill passed. Unbelievable that a so called civilized society is just now getting to this much less the idea of it being a thing to begin with.

Nice I'm happy but also sad because why did it take so long?! That little boy did not deserve to die. Besides that women is ugly inside and out. Sorry not sorry. Just in time.....to be completely pointless. Of course, McConnell will let it die in the Senate. thehonorablecsc Fishing in the rain should be a hate crime.

America has a 'gruesome' history of lynching, but it's not a federal crime. A House vote could change thatThe House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bipartisan bill that would make lynching a federal crime, a move supporters say is long overdue. Making a crime a crime? Because murder is already illegal, regardless of the method. The fact that it is 2020 and we dont already have this as a federal law says everything you need to know about America. Being Donald John Trump should be a crime...

How long before Trump and the GOP revokes it? I thought it was. Does that include when people like Smollett fake it? On to Mitch's pile of inbox bills from the House. Seriously? We have a problem with lynching? That's what they're working on? Nothing more pressing? ....lynching wasn't already a hate crime?

I am just astounded that it wasn't already a federal crime. 👏👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍👍👍 Good job but how many lynchings have there been in the past 30 years? I think zero...but hey good job. Murder or attempted murder already a felony. Idiots in congress. I'm dumbfounded as to why no one in congress passed this while Obama was in office. But now it is passed and MSM and Democrats linking it to a man of color.

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I’d like to know who the 4 were that voted against it At a snails pace seriously We appreciate the Congressional Black Caucus' actions on the anti-lynching bill. We now need a bill that stops the import of heroin and fentanyl into Black population clusters and on police shooting and killing unarmed Black men.

So lynching is still legal? Thanks so much what a nice way to end the day I've reported it before when I've seen it what a way to think of remembrance of mr till on this day in african American history month ❤️ What's f'd up about this is that it actually has to be a law. I mean are there laws against lynching people other than POC? Think about that!

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