EXPLAINER: What's behind federal anti-lynching legislation?

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President Joe Biden is expected to sign into law the first bill that specifies lynching as a federal hate crime the Emmett till lynching act which Congress passed earlier this month enables the prosecution of crimes as lynching if they are done during I hate crime in which the victim is injured or killed the bill's sponsor Illinois democratic representative Bobby rush so the lynching is just covered in a different camouflage the rope has been replaced with a shot gun and semi automatic weapons so what could fall under the new law is the a model every killing the mass shooting at a Charleston church or the James Byrd dragging death Emmett till was a black teen killed in nineteen fifty five when it was alleged he whistled at a white woman I'm Julie Walker

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