D.C.) – Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) acknowledged Wednesday that he is the
final U.S. Senator holding up passage of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. The
following is a statement from Kristen Clarke,
president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under
“Senator Rand Paul has singlehandedly blocked Congress from final passage of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. It is shameful that he continues to do so on the same day as both George Floyd’s funeral and shortly after a hearing was conducted in connection with the death of Ahmaud Arbery. Senator Paul’s resistance to the bill amounts to rubbing salt into the wounds of a nation grieving over loss and devastation from racial violence. In no uncertain terms, we condemn Senator Paul’s decision to fight a one-man war against a bill that would make clear that lynching occupies a dark place in our country’s story and provide recognition to thousands of victims of lynching crimes.”
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Now in its 56th year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is continuing its quest to “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights.