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After 200 Attempts Over a Century, Senate Makes What 'Should Be an Obvious Choice,' Recognizing Lynching as a Federal Crime


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After 200 Attempts Over a Century, Senate Makes What 'Should Be an Obvious Choice,' Recognizing Lynching as a Federal Crime

Julia Conley, staff writer

More than a century after legislation to recognize lynching as a crime was first introduced in Congress, a bill was unanimously passed in the Senate on Wednesday making the brutal method of public execution—which was common throughout the late 19th century and persisted through the civil rights era—as a "federal civil-rights crime."


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Long after thousands of lynchings have become moot in the U.S., presidential wannabes make this symbolic gesture while police shoot down more than 1,000 people yearly. Now those are hate crimes. How do you put that in a Tweet? Is this sending a message to the moribund KKK. More likely, the message to police is shoot away. Just stay out of the Senate.