FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 7, 2022
Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul (R-KY) celebrated the Senate passage of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act of 2022, which would designate lynching as a federal hate crime.
Dr. Paul joined Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Dr. Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in cosponsoring the bill. Dr. Paul also previously introduced the Marie Thompson Antilynching Act, which would have made similar changes to federal law.
“I’m pleased to have worked with Senators Cory Booker and Tim Scott to strengthen the language of this bill, which will ensure that federal law will define lynching as the absolutely heinous crime that it is,” said Dr. Paul. “I’m glad to cosponsor this bipartisan effort and I applaud the Senate for quickly passing this important legislation.”
Last week Senator Booker released the following statement on Dr. Paul’s cosponsorship of this legislation:
“The effort to pass anti-lynching legislation has spanned more than a century. After 200 failed attempts, Congress is now finally prepared to reckon with America’s history of racialized violence,” said Sen. Booker. “I am proud to announce Senators Paul and Warnock as cosponsors of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. Their support underscores the bipartisan backing that we have to finally meet this moment and help our nation move forward from some of its darkest chapters.”
Dr. Paul recently wrote about his work on this legislation in The Louisville Courier Journal, which you can read HERE.
You can read the Emmett Till Antilynching Act HERE.