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On May 25, 2020, the world viewed the callous, cavalier attitude of a Minneapolis police officer who murdered a restrained man lying on the ground.
It’s hard enough for me to stay on my knees for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to scrub the kitchen floor. How is it possible for a man to stay in the position that long while knowing he is killing another human being?
The horror we witnessed will go down in history with these monuments to human cruelty: the “wish you were here” postcard images of Jesse Washington’s lynching (above); countless photos of Nazi war crimes; and the “Saigon Execution.”
Throughout history there are iconic events where inhuman cruelty galvanizes a people into action, resulting in eventual change, or violent revolution.
How is it possible that 120 years have gone by and we still don’t have legislation that classifies lynching as a hate crime?
The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act was originally introduced in June 2018 and passed unanimously on December 19, 2018.
Here’s a quote from a February 14, 2019 press release when Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Kamal D. Harris (D-CA) asked for unanimous consent to pass the bill and send it to the House of Representatives.
Sixteen months later, two sentences stand out like sore, bloody, and beaten thumbs:
“Lynching is not a relic of a painful past — it is a present and pernicious evil that we still have yet to confront,” said Booker. “Today’s Senate passage of the Justice For Victims of Lynching Act is a historic step towards acknowledging a long and painful history and codifying into law our commitment to confronting bias-motivated acts of terror in all of its forms. I urge the House of Representatives to take up this bill so that after over 100 years and 200 attempts, we can finally make lynching a federal crime.”
On February 26, 2020, the House passed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, which passed by a vote of 410–4, which is essentially the same piece of legislation as the Senate’s.
I’ve been searching online to find the differences between the two bills, besides the names, and not one article explains what they are.
From the Washington Post, I found this quote:
Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), the bill’s sponsor said he was “pleased that the language we are voting on today has already been approved by the Senate, and I am exceptionally hopeful that it will face no further obstacles on its path to the president’s desk.”
Lost amid the heartbreak and grief most of the country shared over the murder of George Floyd, Republicans have once again spit in the face of the victim, his family, the black people of this country, and every American who believes in justice and equal rights.
Today’s featured Hydra head is Rand Paul, famous for his “principled” States Rights stand to justify his opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Bill… 46 years after its passage.
Watch Senator Rand make an impassioned plea to
s̶t̶a̶l̶l̶ i̶n̶v̶a̶l̶i̶d̶a̶t̶e̶ o̶p̶p̶o̶s̶e̶
f̶l̶i̶p̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶i̶r̶d̶ d̶e̶l̶i̶g̶i̶t̶i̶m̶i̶z̶e̶ m̶i̶n̶d̶ ̶f̶u̶c̶k̶ “amend” a bill that passed unanimously through the Senate last year.
Doesn’t unanimous mean he voted for the bill before he chose to oppose it?
Here’s the timeline, if you’re keeping score.
May 25th: George Floyd is murdered by a police officer.
June 3rd: Rand Paul holds up the passage of the anti-lynching bill.
June 9th: George Floyd’s funeral service in Houston is televised nationally.
June 10th: The body of Robert Fuller was found near the Palmdale City Hall, hanging from a tree.
June 13th: California investigates the hanging of two black men that authorities initially suspected were “suicides,” but decided to hold off on their final decisions in response to community uproar. The other man, Malcolm Harsch, 38, was found hanging from a tree in Victorville, near a homeless site.
We can not allow our country to be held hostage by a small group of evil, white Republicans, whose
i̶r̶r̶e̶s̶p̶o̶n̶s̶i̶b̶l̶e̶ treasonous behavior emboldens the terrorists and their continuous attacks on our people.
And we not talking about jihadists. Time Magazine reports: “From 2009 through 2018, the far-right has been responsible for 73% of domestic extremist-related fatalities, according to a 2019 study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).”
Our police, justice system, and politics need to be cleansed this November at the polls. Kentucky, our nation looks to you to get rid of Mitch Mcconnell and speak up against Rand Paul. And the White House must be cleansed of any trace of Agent Orange.
Every attack on a black citizen represents an attack on all our civil rights. It is an attack on the very essence of the democracy we still hope to create one day.
‘This is not a black problem, this is a quintessential American problem’: Lonnie Bunch