History: Lynching Now Marked As Hate Crime

While many would be shocked to hear that lynching until yesterday was not identified as a hate crime- others who have been in the field fighting for this legislation to be passed are not. Wednesday, March 26th, 2020 marked history as legislatures passed the anti-lynching act. Commonly known as the "Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act, an ode to Till, a 14-year-old African American boy who was kidnapped, beaten and lynched in 1955 after he was accused of whistling at a white woman.The vote was 410-4. The members who voted against were Independent Rep. Justin Amash and Republican Reps. Louie Gohmert, Thomas Massie and Ted Yoho. The bill describes lynching as an act willfully done by a collection of people who assemble with the intent to commit violence on another human and then cause that person's death"- Abcnews.com