The crime of lynching continued even after slavery had been abolished as the ultimate expression of racism and hatred in the United States following Reconstruction. For over a century, it has been used to kill, terrorize and intimidate African Americans and the communities in which we live. It is a horrific form of torture, murder, and intimidation and domestic terrorism.
Senators Kamala Harris (CA), Cory Booker (NJ), and Tim Scott (SC) and Congressman Bobby Rush (IL), along with 28 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives have introduced the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, S. 3178 / HR 6086 in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. This urgent legislation would make lynching a hate crime, therefore eligible for the additional federal tools and resources used to investigate and prosecute hate crimes. We need this legislation if we are going to seriously address this form of domestic terrorism.
The Senate bill, S. 3178 was approved of unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee on 10/11/2018 and it is the urgent hope of the NAACP that it will move through the Senate and the House and then be signed into law quickly after the election during the “lame duck” session.
For more information, as well as information on how you can become an advocate, please read the attached Action Alert.
HOW YOU CAN ADVOCATE:
- Email your Senators and tell them to support the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act
- Call your Senators now at 202-224-3121