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Senate Passed Bill to Make Lynching a Federal Hate Crime Last Week, Cited Jussie Smollett Attack (Video)

Democrats were able to exploit the Jussie Smollett attack — which evidence suggests was totally staged — to pass a bill expanding federal hate crime laws.

Republicans, who used to be against federal hate crime laws and the concept of hate crime laws altogether, gave unanimous support to the bill, no doubt because they feared they’d be seen as pro-lynching.

Saying you oppose lynching people but are against federal hate crime laws is far too advanced a concept in the New America™.

From The Root:

On Thursday [Feb. 14th], the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would make lynching a federal crime.

The bill, which was introduced in June by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), had previously passed in the Senate in December, but did not pass in the GOP-majority House before the end of the 115th Congress. The Hill reports that the bill passed Thursday with a voice vote.

While discussing the bill, Booker cited the recent reported attack in Chicago against actor Jussie Smollett of Empire fame and said that “lynching is not a relic of the past.”

“Justice for the victims of lynching has been too long denied, and as we look forward we must collectively in this body make a strong, unequivocal statement,” he added.

Here’s video:

You can see in the video Booker said hate crimes against Black people, Jewish people, Muslims and LGBTQ are on the rise.

Booker left out that anti-white hate crimes are the fastest growing racial hate crimes in America, according to the FBI:

The Root continues:

Harris called lynching a part of the country’s “uncomfortable history” that she said has never been “truly acknowledged” or “reconciled.”

“We must confront hate in our country. … We are now making clear there will be serious, swift and severe consequences,” Harris said.

According to the text of the bill (pdf), “the crime of lynching succeeded slavery as the ultimate expression of racism in the United States following Reconstruction.” Lynching was a “widely acknowledged practice in the United States until the middle of the 20th century” that “occurred throughout the United States, with documented incidents in all but 4 States.”

Between 1882 and 1968, at least 4,742 primarily black people were lynched, and 99 percent of all perpetrators went unpunished.

That’s a nice way of ignoring the fact 1,297 white people were lynched during the same time period, according to Tuskegee Institute archives.

The Hill reported: “Congress has tried but failed to pass anti-lynching legislation roughly 200 times since 1918, according to Harris’s office.”

As Rahm Emanuel said: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Hate hoaxes are being exposed every week but they’re being exploited nonetheless to pass legislation to give the federal government even more power.

Meanwhile, real attacks such as these two out of Chicago are brushed under the rug and ignored:

Author: Chris Menahan
Courtesy of InformationLiberation