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 graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He is currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi where he is working to earn his Master of Arts in Philosophy.