History changing bill.

posted by BLVCKMVRKET December 21, 2018

Lynching is murder by a mob with no due process or rule of law. In the US South in the 19th and 20th Centuries, thousands of African Americans were lynched by white mobs, often by hanging. According to the text of the bill, at least 4,742 people were reported lynched in the US between 1882 and 1968. It says 99% of all perpetrators had escaped punishment and called lynching “the ultimate expression of racism in the United States”.

Today December 18, 2018 the  United States Senate has unanimously approved a bill to make lynching a federal crime in the country.

Three black senators introduced the bill in June to allow lynching to be charged as a hate crime alongside existing crimes such as murder.For much of US history, lynchings were rarely prosecuted at all.More than 200 anti-lynching bills have been introduced to Congress since 1918, all of which have been voted down.

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