On Wednesday, the Senate moved one step closer to making lynching a federal hate crime in the United States. A bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Tim Scott (R-SC) was unanimously approved by the Senate—for the first time in history.
As Think Progress notes, this has been a long time coming. Since 1901, there have been almost 250 attempts to pass anti-lynching laws but they have been either filibustered or voted down by the Senate. In 2005, a Senate resolution was passed that formally apologized to the victims of lynching but passing federal legislation remained elusive.