Any person who, by his advertisement, ridicules or holds up to contempt any person or class of persons, on account of the creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality or race of such person or class of persons, shall be fined not more than fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.This strikes Volokh as "pretty clearly unconstitutional," but apparently there have been "79 prosecutions since 1996, 29 of which led to convictions."
I commented that
According to this chronology of Connecticut Civil Rights law, the law was first passed in 1917.In fact, Connecticut has had civil rights laws for a long time. The same Connecticut government chronology also features:
You know, I have had until recently two small children in the public schools in New England, in Connecticut—an area that is a hundred percent white. And they raised a regiment of Connecticut farm boys, the 2nd Connecticut heavy artillery, which was shot to pieces at Cold Harbor. They were all ardent abolitionists. Notwithstanding this, my little boy has, from kindergarten, has been exposed to stuff about Martin Luther King and the evils of segregation.All of which makes it more and more ridiculous that New Haven, Connecticut is trying to illegally discriminate against white firemen in the name of making up for past discrimination against blacks.
Now, there never was segregation in Connecticut. They were opposed to slavery. And this is an area where–well, America is more stable than people think if they live in New York. There are a lot of blue-collar workers in my area who are colonial stock, whose families bought the land from the Indians. The woman who cuts my hair, the fellow who delivers my mail, has ancestors who died or were injured with the 2nd Connecticut Heavy artillery at Cold Harbor. But I've never heard a public school teacher who knows anything at all about this. But it would support the message—that's the interesting, the fascinating thing about this—it would support the message that slavery is evil and all this kind of thing, to tell the children that their ancestors fought in this war to abolish it. But you never see it.