US recognises lynching as federal hate crime

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US President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act into law this week, making lynching a federal hate crime for the first time in American history.

The law is named after Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy who was tortured and killed by two white men in Mississippi in 1955.

“Lynching was pure terror to enforce the lie that not everyone belongs in America and not everyone is created equal,” the president said at the White House after signing the bill.

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