FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 1, 2022
Contact: Press@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Dr. Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in cosponsoring the Emmett Till Antilynching Act of 2022, which would designate lynching as a federal hate crime.
Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the House version (H.R. 55), introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), which includes the same language Dr. Paul worked on with Senators Booker and Scott. Dr. Paul previously introduced the Marie Thompson Antilynching Act, which would have made similar changes to federal law.
“Strengthening the language of this bill has been my goal all along, and I’m pleased to have worked with Senators Cory Booker and Tim Scott to get this right and ensure the language of this bill defines lynching as the absolutely heinous crime that it is,” said Dr. Paul. “I’m glad to cosponsor this bipartisan effort and urge the Senate to quickly pass it.”
“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.”
“While we cannot erase our nation’s past, we can work toward a better future for all Americans,” said Sen. Scott. “The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act will do just that. This long-overdue piece of legislation sends a clear message: We will not tolerate hatred and violence against our fellow Americans.”
You can read the Emmett Till Antilynching Act HERE.