Lynching Federal Act
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Good morning carter and alex... the house of representatives passed the emmitt till anti-lynching act yesterday... making lynching a federal crime in the united states of america.
This comes one hundrend and two years after the dyer anti-lynching bill was first introduced in 1918 by representative leo-nidas c.
Dyer, but was haulted in the senate by a filabuster in 19-22.
The act defines lynching in general as a premeditated extra-judicial killing by a group, and has been included in section 249 of title 18 of the united states code.
Over the past 120 years congress has failed to pass anti-lynching legislation nearly 200 times.
The federal sentence for committing this hate crime is any number of years or life.
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