Biden Signs ‘Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act’ into Law

Yesterday, President Biden signed a bill into law that makes lynching a federal hate crime. Known as the ‘Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act’, it’s named after a 14 year old African American from Chicago who was brutally murdered by a group of White men in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a White woman in 1955. His murder sparked national outrage and was a catalyst for the civil rights movement. The president said the law isn’t ‘just about the past’ and advocates have been trying to pass the legislation for more than a century. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously and in the House, three Republicans Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Chip Roy of Texas voted against it.