Draft Change in Chicago City Laws Would Bar Swastikas, Klan Robes

City code amendments introduced today in the Chicago City Council which would make it unlawful to display the swastika, robes, uniforms and symbols of the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, and would specifically prohibit the distribution of hate literature directed against race or religion. The amendments, which were introduced by Alderman Jack Sperling, would spell out prohibitions against racial or anti-religious incitements and apply them to the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. The City Ordinance already generally bars provocative acts and displays.

Voicing support for the proposed amendments, the Chicago Sentinel, an Anglo-Jewish weekly, in an editorial by editor-publisher J. I. Fishbein, said that “when the Nazis and Klansmen preach their philosophy of hatred, violence and genocide, it is inevitable that people are going to resort to violence to protect themselves against the possible repetition of the most barbarous acts in history.”

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