Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hate Speech

Well hate speech laws are on the way. New York state is going to make it a felony to display a noose. Of course it will only apply to those who are using it to intimidate, so it will be completely open to the intimidate-ie to determine that. From here:
The bill also covers etching, drawing or painting the symbol. He said that, as in the case of Nazi symbols and burning crosses, an intent to threaten or harass would be part of an anti-noose law.
It was also in the so-called Jena Six case in Louisiana, where six black teenagers are accused of beating a white student. The incident happened after nooses were hung from a tree on a high school campus there.

Displaying noose = felony
Nearly beating someone to death = no biggie

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