Why isn’t there a law against lynching?
Every time men with guns get triggered,
The brute comes out, and he wants to get even,
So he cheats, to teach the object of his hate a lesson.
Could it be, his manhood’s in jeopardy,
Because he knows his ego will become bruised,
When his peers laugh at his short comings?
But he’s still not justified, so why does he assume—
The role of judge, jury and executioner?

Why isn’t there a law against lynching?
The governors, senators and representatives
Have failed to protect the public,
Many times, over and over again.
Why do they allow an incorrigible man,
To have the power—to take away from another—
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
Choke-holds, rough rides, bullet in the back,
Mob mentality—just call it what it is!

Every time there’s an injustice,
If the public finds out, the protesters come out,
The riots break out—making it many times worse—
Looting, burning the community homes and stores!
When will affluent society learn?
Why do poor innocents always have to pay—
Such a huge price—for the crimes of passion,
Of cowards and traitors unleashed on them,
Over and over again?

By: ElRoyPoet © 2020

But an examination of his record provides some indications he’d harbored these sentiments all along. Harding supported the Dyer Bill, which would have made lynching a federal crime, penalized local officials for negligence, and fined a county $10,000 if a lynching occurred in its jurisdiction. The bill passed the House of Representatives, but eventually died under filibusters in the Senate. (In 2005 the Senate formally apologized for blocking the Dyer Bill.)
Excerpt from This Presidential Speech on Race Shocked the Nation… in 1921

Commentary: Paul agreed that lynching should be “universally condemned,” but said conflating minor offenses with lynching does a “disservice to those who were lynched in our history. “When politicians make the excuse, that they can’t approve a bill, because it’s a “disservice to those who were…” or that it “dishonors the memory of…”, what they really mean, is that they don’t want to change the law. In other words, they’re going to vote nay on the bill, since it doesn’t affect them, their family or base of supporters—they’re okay with the status quo.

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