hawkeye (hawkeye7) wrote,

US Senate Apologises for Lynchings

Yesterday, the US Senate apologised for failing to legislate against lynching. Although seven presidents petitioned Congress to end lynchings and nearly 200 anti-lynching bills were introduced in the first half of the 20th century, of which the House passed three anti-lynching measures between 1920 and 1940, the Senate passed none. Instead, senators used the filibuster to block all such legislation, consuming about six months of time in the process. Some 4,700 lynchings were recorded, in 46 states, with Mississippi topped the list with 581 documented incidents between 1882 and 1968.
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