California has banned the sale and display of the Confederate flag by government offices. Now, before the ‘good ole boys’ cry foul, this does not apply to private citizens selling or displaying the Southern Cross. Private citizens may still display the flag on state property in free speech situations.
Legislation, which will take effect in January, was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall.
Hall, an African-American, was tipped off by his mother that a Capitol gift shop was selling and displaying the flag. Hall and his mother believe the flag to be a symbol of slavery and racism — things that have no business getting support from the government. The shop has since removed the flag from its inventory.
The bill, AB-2444, passed in the Assembly nearly unanimously, with Teapublican Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) casting the only no vote. It’s pretty bad when even other teabaggers get that this is a good idea. In the Senate, there were two “no” votes, both by Republicans. One of the dissenters, Steve Knight, has suffered campaign problems because of his stance.