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Senate Backs Legislation to Make Lynching a Federal Hate Crime

"Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation's history and I'm hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House," Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted.

It's 2019 and lynching still hasn't been properly outlawed. A bill, introduced by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), was cleared on Thursday in the Senate to make lynching a federal crime. The measure will now go to the House. Harris, Booker and Scott are the only Black members of the Senate.

Harris tweeted on Thursday:

Congress has tried more than 200 times to pass an anti-lynching law, but has failed. The Senate passed a resolution in 2005, apologizing to lynching victims.

The bipartisan bill acknowledges the harms of lynching, which is a form of domestic terrorism, and the federal government's failure to stop it.

It defines the crime as "the willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person."

In December, the Senate also passed the bill. But it was days before the 115th Congress went out of business, and the measure never reached the House floor.

"It's not the first time we've come down to this body to try to right the wrongs of history," Booker said on the Senate floor.

"For too long we have failed, failed to ensure justice for the victims of history and failed to make clear in the United States of America, in this great country, lynching is and always has been not only a federal crime but a moral failure."

According to the NAACP, "From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States."

"Of the total, 3,446 of the victims were Black, accounting for approximately 72.7 percent; and 1,297 were white, which is 27.3 percent."

"These numbers seem large, but it is known that not all of the lynchings were ever recorded," the organization stated.

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"On Tuesday Nov. 27, thousands of Mississippians will vote for a senator. We need someone who respects the lives of lynch victims," one sign said.

Seven nooses were found at the Mississippi State Capitol on Monday.

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"A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable," Florida State President John Thrasher said in a statement about Tom Shand's racist post.

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Florida State University football fan, Tom Shand, posted images on his social media depicting coach Willie Taggart getting lynched. That disturbing image prompted outrage among FSU fans and social media users alike on Sunday morning.

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"I am a die-hard 49ers fan and, when that action happened, there was a lot portrayed on the 49ers and I took it personally," Bowtie Barber said.

Since 2016, a California barbershop owner has had a Colin Kaepernick doll hanging from a noose in his shop.

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National Memorial to Honor Lynching Victims Opens April 26

"We wanted people to have a sense of just the scale of what this violence, what this terrorism was," Bryan Stevenson told Oprah Winfrey.

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There was a time in the U.S. when white people would gather in public squares in the Deep South to witness Black men, women or children hanged, burned or amputated, sometimes all of the above. This form of domestic terrorism is a painful part of American history that Bryan Stevenson said needs to be remembered in order to heal the racial divide in this country.

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Teacher Who Told Black Student Classmates Would 'Lynch' Him Is Not Fired Or Suspended

"I told her, 'Next time you're frustrated are you going to call him a n*****?'" said the young boy's mother.

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An Ohio middle school teacher will not be suspended or terminated after telling her 13-year-old Black student he would face a lynch mob if he didn't do his work.

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8-Year-Old Boy Was Hung from Noose After Being Called Racial Slurs Family Says

A photo of the young boy's injuries went viral, and New Hampshire state authorities are now investigating.

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New Hampshire state prosecutors are now involved in a Claremont police investigation of a biracial 8-year-old boy who was allegedly called racial slurs by teens, and pushed off of a picnic table with a noose tied around his neck.

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An art collective created the display in "protest of white nationalist uprising in the United States."

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INDECLINE, an activist artist collective, created eight Ku Klux Klan effigies wearing clown costumes underneath KKK robes and hanged them from a single tree in Richmond's Joseph Bryan Park to protest white supremacy. An effigy wore a placard that read: "If Attacked By a Mob of Clowns, Go for the Juggler."

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"Hey, Al Green, we got an impeachment for you. It's gonna be yours. Was actually gonna give you a short trial before we hang your n***** ass."

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Emmett Till Memorial Sign Vandalized With Bullet Holes

"That marker was just evidence that there are people who are still living in those areas who still hold those ideologies dear to their heart."

A closeup of the vandalized Emmett Till memorial sign. Photo via Facebook.

A sign honoring Emmett Till was found riddled with more than 40 bullet holes. Kevin Wilson Jr., a filmmaker who is working on a short film on Till, made the discovery; the incident garnered attention when Wilson posted about it on Facebook.

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U.N. Panel: Blacks in the U.S. Should Receive Reparations for 'Racial Terrorism'

The panel states it is "extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans."

The U.N.'s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent recommends African Americans receive reparations for years of "racial terrorism."

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Thousands of Lynching Victims Honored in First of its Kind Museum

"The smog created by that history of racial inequality continues to compromise our health."

A museum, including a memorial dedicated to thousands of Black victims of lynching, scheduled to open in 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama.

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