NY Gov. Cuomo signs bill banning sale and display of ‘hate symbols’

NY Gov. Cuomo signs bill banning sale and display of ‘hate symbols’

[Ed. – Good thing the term hate symbol is not purely arbitrary and that one person’s hate symbol might be another’s harmless relic.]

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed bill S8298B into law, which prohibits the State of New York from selling or displaying “symbols of hate.”

The bill reads: the term “symbols of hate” shall include, but not be limited to, symbols of white supremacy, neo-Nazi ideology or the Battle Flag of the Confederacy.

The law prohibits the displaying or sale of the ‘symbol’ on and any state property, including fairgrounds and parks.

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No further guidelines were written into the bill–nor did it lay out who would determine what symbols would be deemed hateful.

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx/Westchester), who sponsored the bill, issued the following statement:

“Symbols of hate have no place in our society, let alone on State property. With the signing of my bill, we are drawing a clear line in the sand.

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