US President Biden to sign bill making lynching a federal hate crime

President Joe Biden signed a bill Tuesday to make lynching a federal hate crime, more than 100 years after such legislation was first proposed.

Anti-lynching law Emmett Till is named after the black teenager whose murder in Mississippi in the summer of 1955 became a galvanizing moment in the civil rights era.

His grieving mother insisted on a coffin being opened to show everyone how her son had been brutalized.

The new law, which will be signed by Biden at a ceremony at the Rose Garden, allows for the prosecution of a crime such as lynching when a conspiracy to commit a hate crime results in death or serious bodily harm, according to the champion of the bill, Rep. Bobby. Rush, D-Ill. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and fines.

The House approved Bill 422-3 on March 7, with eight members failing to vote, after clearing the Senate unanimously.

Rush had also introduced a bill in January 2019 that the House passed 410-4 before that measure stalled in the Senate.

Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation more than 120 years ago.

He had failed to pass such legislation nearly 200 times, beginning with a bill introduced in 1900 by North Carolina Representative George Henry White, the only black member of Congress at the time.

The NAACP began pushing for anti-lynching legislation in the 1920s. A federal hate crimes law was finally passed and signed into law in the 1990s, decades after the civil rights movement.

Till, 14, had traveled from his Chicago home to visit relatives in Mississippi in 1955 when it was alleged he had snogged a white woman.

Till was kidnapped, beaten and shot in the head.

A large metal fan was tied around his neck with barbed wire before his body was thrown into a river.

His mother, Mamie Till, insisted on a coffin being opened at the funeral to show the brutality her child had suffered.

Two white men, Roy Bryant and his half-brother JW Milam, were charged, but acquitted by an all-white jury. Bryant and Milam later told a reporter that they kidnapped and killed Till.

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