Tim Scott, Other Black Lawmakers to Introduce Bill to Make Lynching a Federal Hate Crime 


Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Tim Scott introduced the legislation on Friday. (Images courtesy of Greg Nash, Michael Reynolds/EPA and AP)

The Senate’s only African-American lawmakers have rolled out new legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime.

On Friday, Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) introduced a bill that would make lynching — “the willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person” — punishable as a hate crime, The Hill reported.

Sen. Booker called it “a travesty” that Congress hadn’t passed anti-lynching legislation.

Harris agreed, saying in a statement Friday, “Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our history, and we must acknowledge…

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