SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — A bill introduced by a Democratic lawmaker would prohibit the sale of Confederate flags on California state property.
Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton introduced the bill Friday. He says Confederate flag memorabilia is being sold at the Capitol gift shop and was on sale during last summer’s state fair on the Cal Expo Fairgrounds.
The issue came to his attention after his mother spotted replica Confederate money on sale in the Capitol gift shop. Hall, who is black, calls the Confederate flag a symbol of racism, exclusion and violence.
The ban would apply to property owned or operated by the state.
Hall says his bill has bipartisan support and will send a message that California does not promote racism and hate.
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