New York Bill Would Punish Race Incitement

A bill which would make it a misdemeanor to incite, advocate or promote any hatred, violence or hostility against any person or group by reason of race, religion or manner of worship, was introduced in the State Senate yesterday by Senator Edward J. Coughlin. Violation of the bill would carry a fine of from $200 to $5,000 or from ninety days to three years in jail, or both.

Prohibition of discrimination for reasons of race, color or creed in corporations affected with public interest and in public housing was urged on the Legislature by Governor Lehman in his message last week outlining legislative proposals. He said: “I recommend to your honorable bodies that the anti-discrimination principle be extended to all persons or corporations engaged in any business affected with a public interest and any business where public patronage is solicited. By so doing you will preserve and strengthen the basic structure of American democracy.”

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