Biden and Harris this week attended a ceremony to sign into law a bill making lynching a hate crime, reported Reuters. The legislation is named after Emmett Till, a young black boy who was murdered in 1955 Mississippi.
Although, notably, the president seemed to believe that Till was born a mere 40 years ago, despite the fact that he was killed in 1955 at age 14.
BIDEN: “Emmett Till was born nearly 40 years ago…”
Emmett Till was born in 1941. pic.twitter.com/8Lp27K9lls
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 29, 2022
Lynching has been defined as any hate crime conspiracy to cause physical harm or death to another person.
Harris, perched in the White House Rose Garden after the bill’s signing, said that Biden was tackling “unfinished business” and addressing the “horror” that is American history.
Of course, lynching hasn’t been much of a problem in America in many decades, though Harris ensured us that it happens on a frequent basis.
“Lynching is not a relic of the past,” she said.
“Racial acts of terror still occur in our nation.”
She also emphasized the need to seek out those who commit these spiritual or metaphorical lynchings and punish them.
“And when they do, we must all have the courage to name them and hold the perpetrators to account,” she added.
Biden has repeatedly emphasized the need to legally prioritize helping black people. According to the president, racism is part of our present, and probably our future, especially for white people.
“It’s about the present and our future as well,” he said, alluding to a white nationalist rally in 2017. “Racial hate isn’t an old problem. It’s a persistent problem.”
The bill passed with full support in the Senate, and a vote of 422-3 in the House of Representatives.