The racial incident in Jena, Louisiana has caught the attention of lawmakers in Washington.
The House Judiciary Committee is hearing about the case of six black teenagers accused of beating a white student.
Some believe a repercussion of the Jena Six Rally has been the recent uses of nooses against African-Americans.
Recently, a noose was found outside the office of an African-American professor at Columbia University.
Another was at a police locker room in New Jersey, and just last week at a Home Depot construction site in Chicago.
"When hanging nooses, where was the federal government?" asked Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
The House Judiciary Committee is considering whether Congress should strengthen federal hate crimes laws to insure more aggressive prosecutions of noose-hanging incidents.
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