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Lawmakers Say Hanging A Noose Should Be A Crime

April 2nd, 2008 by flanews

A bill would ban hanging nooses in peoples yards. Some people see the noose as art. For many the noose is a reminder of the murders of hundreds of African Americans in the early and mid 1900s. State Representative Geraldine Thompson is sponsoring the bill. She says displaying a noose should be a hate crime.

A noose goes back to the days of lynching in the state of Florida, and these are meant to intimidate and frighten individuals and we want to make sure theres a criminal offense associated with that kind of behavior, said Thompson.

The proposed bill would also make it a hate crime to display of the swastika.

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