Anti-Lynching Legislation Finally Signed into Law

Bill to Make Lynching a Federal Hate Crime Becomes Law

( – The United States has a long history filled with highs and lows. In particular, one stain on our legacy is the estimate of about 4,700 people lynched from 1882 to 1968. However, after years of attempts, Congress finally managed to pass a bill making lynching a federal hate crime.

On Monday, March 7, the Senate unanimously passed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, and on Tuesday, March 29, President Joe Biden signed it into law. This new legislation made lynching a federal hate crime that can put a perpetrator in prison for up to 30 years. Civil rights advocates have been fighting for the passage of a law like this for over a century, and thanks to the hard work of the only two Black senators, Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC), it finally passed.

The Hill shared a video of President Biden signing the bill into law in the White House Rose Garden:

The bill received nearly unanimous support in both chambers of Congress, with only three House Representatives voting against it in the February 28 vote. This rare demonstration of bipartisanship shows that this is viewed as a significant issue by Republicans and Democrats across the board. In this case, both sides were able to work together and agree on necessary legislation to make the nation better for all of its citizens.

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