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Biden to make lynching a U.S. hate crime with signing of Emmett Till bill -Breaking


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Senty Banutu Gomez, four years old, holds Emmett Till’s photograph, which was taken in Lynn (Massachusetts) at the Vigil for the One Year Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder.

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will sign Tuesday the federal first legislation making lynching a federal hate offense. The bill was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate this month.

Emmett Till was a 14-year old boy who was murdered by a racist attacker in Mississippi in 1955. This event brought national attention to American atrocities against African Americans and helped make the legislation a rallying call for civil rights.

If a conspiracy is to commit hate crimes that results in serious bodily harm or death, the bill could allow prosecution.

When the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act was passed by the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, he stated that Congress had made more than 200 unsuccessful attempts to ban lynching.

By a vote of 422-3, the bill was passed by the House of Representatives.

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