Senate Passed Anti-Lynching Bill; Now Identified As A Federal Hate Crime!
The history of lynching can be dated back all the way to the early 1800s. As hundreds and thousands of African Americans endured the most foulest form of death a human can endure; the parties responsible for such a disgusting act were never in the least bit punished or convicted. Till this day numerous occurrences of lynchings surface throughout the United States; serving not as a memory of what once was but, as representation of the current status of our nation.
According to #BBC news, the United States Senate has finally passed a bill against anti-lynching; identifying this act as a Federal hate crime. Sources state over 200 anti-lynching bills have been forwarded to senate since 1918, all in-which have been denied. Earlier this year Democratic Senator #KamalaHarris of #California , #CoryBooker Senator of #NewJersey and Republican Senator #TimScott of #SouthCarolina ; formally forwarded the bill to the house of senate with the initiative of having the act of lynching charged as a federal crime of murder. “The moment when the United States Senate agreed unanimously to make lynching a federal crime for the first time. History ” states Senator #KamalaHarris.
Statistics show that over 4,000 African Americans have died at the hands of lynching ranging from the years, 1882 to 1968; but what about the numerous incidents that weren’t reported? We imagine it to be many more. Centuries of enduring the most extreme and inhumane act of racism will finally have justice served. "Today, we have righted that wrong and taken corrective action that recognizes this stain on our country's history,” states Booker in a forwarded statement.
It’s an eerie feeling and realization to know that centuries have passed before us and such an extreme act is just now being identified as a crime. What does this say about America?It’s an eerie feeling to know that centuries have passed before us and such an extreme act is just now being identified as a crime. What does this say about America?