Doug Jones Voices Support For Bill To Make Lynching A Federal Hate Crime

Current Work | Fri, 02/28/2020 at 09:26 AM

(Bama Politics) — On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 410-4 to make lynching a federal hate crime. The legislation is known as the Emmett Till Antilynching Act named after Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy who was brutally lynched.

Alabama’s lone Democratic Senator, Doug Jones, voiced support for the legislation in a tweet sent out on Wednesday.

“For over 120 years, Congress has failed to outlaw lynching. I’ve had experience in dealing with hatred in AL & it’s ripped our souls apart for too long. I’m relieved to see the House has finally brought justice to #EmmettTill & 4,000+ other victims & outlaw lynching forever,” Jones tweeted.

(Dakota Layton, Bama Politics)