The RNC Commends Senator Tim Scott for his leadership on Anti-Lynching Legislation | Beaufort County Now | On January 20, 1900, Black Republican Congressman George Henry White of North Carolina introduced the first anti-lynching bill into Congress.

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    "On January 20, 1900, Black Republican Congressman George Henry White of North Carolina introduced the first anti-lynching bill into Congress. 122 years later, another Black Republican, Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina never gave up and worked tirelessly to help get this bill signed into law. This is our history as a party, and it is something to be proud of." -Paris Dennard, RNC National Spokesperson and Director of Black Media Affairs

    Background Information:

  • The Emmet Till Anti-Lynching Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and others in 2018 and 2019. The bill was also cosponsored by other Republicans including Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.VA), and Susan Collins (R-ME).
  • President Trump's Platinum Plan for Black Economic Empowerment called for making lynching a federal hate crime.
  • Kamala Harris rightfully praised Republican activist and journalist, Ida B. Wells, who brought the issues of lynching to the forefront of the news with her constant reporting of the issue in the late 1800s.
  • In 1898, Ida B. Wells went to Washington D.C. to advocate for President McKinley to implement reforms against lynching.
  • Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has been a leader in combating hate crimes.
  • Senator Scott urged the Justice Department and FBI to provide information about the recent bomb threats at HBCUs.
  • Senator Scott proposed a resolution condemning the bomb threats at HBCUs.
  • Senator Scott spoke out against hate crimes during a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

   Contact: Janiyah Thomas
   Black Media Affairs Coordinator
   310 First Street SE
   Washington, DC 20003
   Office: 202-863-8714
   Cell: 757-660-8203
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