After 120 years, Congress ready to make lynching a federal crime
The National Lynching Memorial in Alabama. (Mickey Mathews/Flickr)

WASHINGTON— Congress is poised to makelynching a federal crimefor the first time.The U.S. House is poised to clear legislation on Wednesday and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature. It’s the same bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Cory Bookerthat passed the Senate unanimously a year ago.“Lynching has been used as a pernicious tool of racialized violence, terror, and oppression and is a stain on the soul of our nation," said Booker, D-N.J., the first black elected to the Senate from New Jersey. "While we cannot undue the irrevocable damage of lynching and its pervasive legacy, we can...

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