It amazed me that day, and then two years later, that we didn't have one. Or that it took 200+ years to do anything about needing one.
Yes, half-hearted attempts were applied, but you know..........nothing.
Signing the Emmitt Till anti-lynching bill doesn't make Pappy Joe better in my eyes, but at least he signed it. I mean, these days - who knows.
I didn't even know the legislation was back on the table. I assume anyone in the GOP who voted for it were afraid of the blog image: it might happen to them! ....and honestly, for some of them it should.
This was first introduced - get this - 122 years ago!. And it's been up 200 times.
What. The. Actual. Fuck.
Segregation was well into the 60s, bussing by the 70s, majorly unfair sentencing law biases, and the continual police brutality against people of colour doesn't really scream for anyone at the DOJ or Congress to act on anything.
The idea that we've gone this long without legislation astounds me. I assume Congress thought that there are murder and hate laws in place that would cover such thing, but...........I don't think that people who string others up are really thinking, "ooooh, there are laws against this".
While it is deemed a national hate crime, I cannot seem to find is how this law differs from murder laws and hate crime laws already on the books. I would like to think that punishment is more severe, but that might not be the case. Should it not be, then it is all just for show.
Song by: Emmylou Harris