The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed an anti-lynching act on Wednesday, with just 20 members voting no or not voting.
The Emmett Till Antilynching Act passed 410-4. All Democrats voted yes, except for 10 who did not vote. One-hundred and eighty-eight Republicans voted yes, three voted no, and six did not vote.
The lone independent, Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) voted no.
The bill, H.R. 35 (pdf), makes lynching a hate crime.
“The crime of lynching succeeded slavery as the ultimate expression of racism in the United States following Reconstruction,” it states.
“Lynching was a widely acknowledged practice in the United States until the middle of the 20th century. Lynching was a crime that occurred throughout the United States, with documented incidents in all but 4 States. At least 4,742 people, predominantly African Americans, were reported lynched in the United States between 1882 and 1968. Ninety-nine percent of all perpetrators of lynching escaped from punishment by State or local officials.”
Nearly 200 anti-lynching bills were introduced in Congress during the first half of the 20th century and the House passed three anti-lynching measures between 1920 and 1940 but the bills werent passed by the Senate.
A Senate resolution agreed upon in 2005 apologized to victims of lynching and the failure to pass anti-lynching legislation.
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