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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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14th Jun, 2005 02:35 (UTC)
I'm confused. Why should we need a specific law against lynching when there are laws against murder and a right to due process? I really hate proliferation of unnecessary laws.
14th Jun, 2005 07:10 (UTC)
Murder is a state offense. White people were unlikely to be tried much less convicted by state courts for lynching. The relevant law was passed in the 1960s - all the senate is doing is apologising for its past misdeeds.
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