Not content merely to pull down or smash up symbols from American history, the leftist governor and power structure of New York state have made Confederate flags literally illegal to show on public property.
The state of New York will no longer sell or display anything it declares to be a “symbol of hate,” including the Confederate flag, according to a bill just signed into law.
How long before the “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden flag is put on that list? Or the ubiquitous blue Trump flags?
CNN reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill, which goes into force immediately, on Dec. 22. The bill prohibits the “selling or displaying of symbols of hate or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such an image” on public property.
“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,” it proclaims.
The cross-with-stars Confederate emblem remains a popular symbol in American culture, both in the “rebel pride” sense and in the history and heritage it represents. Many Southern towns and cemeteries still display it publicly.
Cuomo pointed to what he called growing hatred toward Jews, blacks, Hispanic people and homosexuals as the reason for the ban, though no such hatred has been evident. Still, he referred to it as “a rising tide of discrimination, hatred and violence that threatens generations of progress.”
“By limiting the display and sale of the confederate flag, Nazi swastika and other symbols of hatred from being displayed or sold on state property, including the state fairgrounds, this bill will help safeguard New Yorkers from the fear-instilling effects of these abhorrent symbols.”