Biden signs bill making lynching a federal hate crime

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(Worthy News) – Presidents typically say a few words before they turn legislation into law. But flipped the script Tuesday when it came time to put his signature on the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act.

first considered anti-lynching legislation more than 120 years ago. Until March of this year, it had failed to pass such legislation nearly 200 times, beginning with a bill introduced in 1900 by Rep. George Henry White, the only Black member of Congress at the time.

The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act is named for the Black teenager whose killing in Mississippi in the summer of 1955 became a galvanizing moment in the civil rights era. His grieving mother insisted on an open casket to show everyone how her son had been brutalized. [ Source: AP (Read More…) ]

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