having previously ‘banned’ the use of the word ‘nigger’, new york is now trying to ‘ban’ the words ‘bitch’ and ‘ho’ to discourage their use in music and among young people. of course this ban isn’t legally binding, because of something known as the first amendment. it’s clear that new york hasn’t heard of it so here’s the gist of it: the amendment grants absolute freedom of speech and of press (among others) and places upon the state, the burden to prove that a limitation of any of these freedoms is necessary.
because there is no way the state could make a case to justify limiting the freedom of speech for these words, just like the ban on the word ‘nigger’ the ban on the words ‘ho’ and ‘bitch’ would also be completely symbolic. this is the part that displays the idiocy of new york. because the ban wouldn’t be legally binding, the state won’t be able to enforce the ban and it would be up on individuals to decide whether they respect the symbolic ban.
i just have this feeling that rappers and young people aren’t going to uphold the symbolism and these efforts are just a waste of time for the officials backing it.