Free speech can be suspended if a non-white believes it is intended to intimidate. That is the conclusion of all but one California's state assembly members.
Consequently, buying a Confederate flag from a state government gift shop in California may soon be a thing of the past.
Legislation that prohibits the government from selling or displaying items that include the flag passed the state's Assembly. It will next be considered by the California Senate after which it will required the signature by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Considering the government isn't a primary purveyor of Southern hospitality, the legislation is fundamentally symbolic, though it does raise questions regarding free speech.
From our source we read:
California state government departments will be prohibited from selling or displaying items with an image of the Confederate flag under a bill that passed the Assembly on Monday.
AB2444 by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, is headed to the Senate after passing on a 72-1 vote. Hall introduced the bill after his mother saw replica Confederate money being sold at the state Capitol gift shop, which no longer stocks the item.
He called the image a symbol of racism meant to intimidate.
"Its symbolism in history is directly linked to the enslavement, torture and murder of millions of Americans," Hall said of the Confederate flag. "The state of California should not be in the business of promoting hate toward others."
The only lawmaker to vote against the bill was Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, the leading Republican candidate for governor.
"We shouldn't be here picking the kind of speech we like," he said.I agree with Donnelly and condemn Hall as a race baiter.
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