Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) released the following statement upon its passage:

“As a cosponsor of this bill, I am committed to recognizing lynchings for what they are: hate crimes. Today’s long overdue House passage of this bill makes lynching a hate crime act within federal statute. Just last year an outside Klu Klux Klan group came to Dayton, Ohio, to rally. We came together as a community to rise above their hate. As a country we must acknowledge the deeply hateful past of lynchings, and today’s bill is a step forward in doing so.”