Black Lives Matter group in Hereford holds a protest last summer. Photo courtesy of J Holsey Photograpy.

Legislation that would ban hate symbols like swastikas, Confederate flags and nooses at public schools statewide moved into the Senate Monday, after passing overwhelmingly last week in the House of Delegates.

The House vote, 121-12, came after some Republicans questioned whether clothing supporting former President Donald Trump could be considered a hate symbol after the January 6 insurrection at the national Capitol in Washington.

“I’m still concerned about some of the comments that have been made about January 6 and if anything has anything to do with Trump that’s inciting violence,” Del. April Rose, a Carroll County Republican said at a House Ways and Means Committee meeting last week.

“If a kid comes to school with a MAGA hat or a MAGA T-shirt over the next year or two, I don’t want them being marginalized.”

The committee’s vice chair, Prince George’s County Democrat Alonzo Washington, assured her that wouldn’t happen.

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