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New Orleans City Council Considers So-Called Hate Symbol Ban


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On Thursday, the city council could pass a hate symbol ordinance. The new law would outlaw public display of three symbols: nooses, swastikas and burning crosses.

If the proposal passes into law, displaying any of the three symbols would make the offender subject to a $500 fine and 6-month jail sentence.

Council member at large Arnie Fielkow said his proposed ordinance sends a message to the rest of the country.

“What we’re trying to do is be more specific and define intimidation as a crime when you’re dealing with hate symbols,” ACLU representative Marjorie Esman. “This is about regulating people’s intentions and the government shouldn’t be in the business of getting inside people’s heads to figure out what they are thinking.”

Fielkow said he expects the ordinance to pass Thursday without much opposition.

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