Given its history of being tied to slavery and the fact that it’s presently tied to racism, California has decided to ban government buildings from having pretty much anything to do with the Confederate flag.
California lawmakers hauled down the Confederate flag this week — figuratively speaking — as both houses of the state legislature gave final approval to a bill banning the state government from displaying or selling items featuring the Civil War emblem.
The bill, AB 2444, passed the last legislative hurdle on Thursday when the California State Assembly voted yes 66-1, with only former gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) voting no, the Los Angeles Times reported. The measure would still permit the flag’s use in school textbooks, public museums and other educational settings.
Donnelly’s state reason for dissent was in defense of free speech:
When the assembly first voted on the bill in May, Donnelly had argued that the measure would violate the right to free speech.