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Engel Statement on House Passage of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act

Engel Statement on House Passage of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act

Congressman Eliot L. Engel today issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 35, Emmett Till Antilynching Act:

“This week, the House corrected a centuries old wrong. H.R. 35, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, fixes an egregious omission in current federal law by finally designating lynching as a federal hate crime. Passage of this bill is long overdue, especially for the thousands of African-Americans who have been terrorized by lynching in America for decades. But, as the old saying goes, ‘it’s never too late to do the right thing,’ and with this bill’s passage, a bipartisan group of lawmakers did the right thing.

“Our nation has a painful history when it comes to lynching, but I am hopeful that this vote will help us move forward in healing some of the wounds of the past. Now, it is up to Mitch McConnell to do the right thing and make the passage of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act a priority in the Senate.”