NYS bans sale of Confederate flag, 'symbols of hate' at State Fair; bans display in public buildings

Posted at 5:06 PM, Dec 16, 2020

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that prohibits the sale of the Confederate Flag and other "symbols of hate" at the New York State Fair and bans their display in public buildings.

The bill was sponsored by NYS Senator Alessandra Biaggi (D, WF) and "prohibits the state of New York from selling or displaying symbols of hate or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such an image unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, museum or serves an educational or historical purpose."

According to the bill, a "symbol of hate" is defined as "symbols of white supremacist and neo-Nazi ideology or the Battle Flag of the Confederacy."

The bill also empowers the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets to prohibit the sale of "symbols of hate" at any other fairs in New York that receive federal, local or state funding.

"This bill would limit the display of the Confederate flag, as well as other symbols of hate, on or within the grounds of public property, including fairgrounds. Further, it makes clear that New York State will not tolerate racism, exclusion, oppression, and violence through the display of such antagonistic and deeply hurtful symbols," the bill states.

You can find the bill online here.