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Engrossed in House (11/18/1999)

[Congressional Bills 106th Congress]
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[H. Res. 254 Engrossed in House (EH)]

                 In the House of Representatives, U.S.,

                                                     November 18, 1999.
Whereas diversity and tolerance are essential principles of an open and free 
Whereas all people deserve to be safe within their communities, free to live, 
        work and worship without fear of violence and bigotry;
Whereas crimes motivated by hatred against African-Americans, Jews, Asian-
        Americans, or other groups undermine the fundamental values of our 
Whereas the communities of Skokie, the West Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, 
        Northbrook, and Urbana, Illinois, and Bloomington, Indiana, were 
        terrorized by hate crimes over the Fourth of July weekend, a time when 
        our Nation celebrates its commitment to freedom and liberty;
Whereas hate crimes tear at the fabric of American society, leave scars on 
        victims and their families, and weaken our sense of community and 
Whereas Ricky Byrdsong, at age 43, was a loving husband and father, an inspiring 
        community leader, and a former basketball coach at Northwestern 
Whereas Ricky Byrdsong was a man of deep religious faith who touched the lives 
        of countless people and whose death is mourned by his family, friends, 
        and community, and by the Nation;
Whereas Won-Joon Yoon, at age 26, was the only son in a family of 6, and was 
        soon to become a doctoral student in Economics at Indiana University;
Whereas Won-Joon Yoon was a man who, through his demeanor and firmly-held 
        Christian beliefs, positively influenced those who knew him, and whose 
        death is mourned by his family, friends, and community, and by the 
        citizens of the United States and Korea; and
Whereas individuals who commit crimes based on hate and bigotry must be held 
        responsible for their actions and must be stopped from spreading 
        violence: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) condemns the senseless violence that occurred in Illinois and 
        Indiana over the Fourth of July weekend;
            (2) conveys its deepest sympathy to the victims and their families;
            (3) condemns the culture of hate and the hate groups that foster 
        such violent acts;
            (4) commends the communities of Illinois and Indiana for uniting to 
        condemn these acts of hate in their neighborhoods;
            (5) commends the efforts of Federal, State, and local law 
        enforcement officials; and
            (6) reaffirms its commitment to a society that fully respects and 
        protects all people, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.


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