Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has launched a invoice geared toward combating “white supremacy” by attaching felony prices to sure types of hate speech.
The Democratic congresswoman launched the Main In opposition to White Supremacy Act of 2023, which goals “to stop and prosecute white supremacy impressed hate crime and conspiracy to commit white supremacy impressed hate crime.”
The conspiracy addition means individuals who use hate speech on-line may face felony prices beneath the laws even when they don’t act on their threats.
That features a one who publishes “materials advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism primarily based on ‘substitute principle,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is in any other case directed in opposition to any non-white individual or group.”
The textual content of the invoice particularly lists social media platforms as one space the place hate speech may lead to felony penalties — if that hate speech motivates one other individual to exit and commit a racist crime in opposition to others.
“Mass shootings and different hate crimes motivated by white supremacy have been growing in frequency and depth,” the invoice states. “These heinous and virulent crimes are impressed by conspiracy theories, blatant bigotry and legendary falsehoods reminiscent of ‘substitute principle.’ All cases have to be prevented and extreme felony penalties have to be utilized to their perpetrators.”
Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff go to a memorial close to the location of the hate-fueled Buffalo grocery store taking pictures.AP
In the newest hate-fueled mass taking pictures, a 19-year-old white supremacist gunned down 10 folks inside a Buffalo grocery store in a predominantly black neighborhood which he focused for its demographics.
Earlier than the Might bloodbath, the teenager posted a racist manifesto on-line planning the assault as a result of he cared “for the way forward for the white race,” prosecutors mentioned.
He pleaded responsible to the murders in November.
It’s unlikely Jackson Lee’s laws will go a Republican-controlled chamber.