Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, who has long been considered the vapidest member of Congress, has presented legislation that could make political criticism of minorities by white people a federal felony.
The law proposes that a white individual who “vilifies” any non-white individual and has their statements show up on social media, accessible by “persons who are inclined to engage in any action in furtherance of a white supremacist inspired hate crime” would be committing a federal felony.
The clause is so broad that a Mack truck might drive through it. Under this provision, what constitutes a “white supremacy-inspired hate crime”? What exactly is “replacement theory”? Because what Democrats call “replacement theory” in order to quiet Republicans is frequently not replacement theory at all, but rather a reiteration of Democrat-admitted intentions to influence elections through immigration.
Furthermore, the usage of “or” in section (B) is significant since it allows “vilifies” to stand alone as a qualifier. What is the limiting principle in this case? Does posting on social media that Shelia Jackson Lee is an extremely stupid, nasty person who has a lengthy history of treating her employees like dirt constitute “vilification” of her under this proposed law? It appears to be the case.
Then there’s the conspiracy theory to contend with. There appears to be no necessity that the “two or more people” targeted by this regulation have any meaningful link to one another. If a person commits a “white supremacy-inspired hate crime” against someone and I’ve been politically criticizing the same person on social media, even if it’s justified, I’ve now committed a federal crime.
If passed, this law would be used to suppress legitimate political criticism of any non-white individual or group (for example, the Black Lives Matter organization), because such criticism may subject anyone who leveled it to criminal penalties. Forgetting that this would be a flagrant violation of the First Amendment, it also reveals Lee and others who think like her to have a mad authoritarian drive.
That is why Majority House Leader Kevin McCarthy should put it to a vote. Put this foolish, reductive nonsense on the floor and force every Democrat to be on record.