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

Written by on February 28, 2020
Doug Jones Floor Speech on Donald Trump
Doug Jones Floor Speech on Donald Trump

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.

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