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