Professor Birdsong’s News From Last Week Everyone should know about…

WASHINGTON, D.C. : Lynching A Hate Crime Law? We have come to learn in February 2020, sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation, and then failed to pass it 200 times. The House measure was approved  410 to 4. The Senate unanimously passed identical legislation a year earlier. President Trump is expected to sign the bill, which designates lynching as a federal hate crime punishable by up to life in prison, a fine or both. ITS ABOUT TIME!

GERMANY: The headline reads, “Das Boot for Hindenburg.” It should be noted that a recent report from Berlin indicates that despite leading the German army in World War I and serving  nearly a decade as the country’s president the Berlin state government struck the Prussian aristocrat off its honorary-citizen list, citing his act as president in 1933 of appointing Adolf Hitler as chancellor. When Hindenburg died in 1934, Hitler became the de facto president. The Berlin government also cited Hindenburg’s role in signing decrees suspending civil liberties and granting Hitler more power. DANKE GOTT IN HIMMEL!

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