Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Making Lynching a Federal Crime

The 1893 public lynching of black teenager Henry Smith in Paris, Texas

(From UPI)

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously voted in favor of legislation making lynching a federal hate crime.

Three African-American senators, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Tim Scott, R-S.C., introduced the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 after more than 100 years of attempts to pass such a law.

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