A picture circulating online shows another antisemitic sign plastered prominently in Downtown Jacksonville and now several council members are taking action.
Council member Rory Diamond says he will file a bill this week aiming to prevent symbols of hate from being projected on private property while other council members are getting involved, hoping to pass similar bills.
“Considering that Jacksonville keeps on being attacked by these messages, clearly, we have to get together, get to the root of it and stop it,” Diamond said.
The latest message is a swastika projected onto the CSX building in Downtown Jacksonville. The NGO StopAntisemitism tweeted out another incident by the same group responsible – NSF – happened that evening as well.
“You don’t have a right to put a bumper sticker on somebody else’s car, you don’t have a right to project an image on somebody else’s building,” Diamond said.
He isn’t the only one stepping forward. Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci says he and mayoral candidate Leanna Cumber will be introducing legislation Wednesday that would make it unlawful for someone to project an image on city property without express approval.
In a statement CSX says it “condemns in the strongest terms the antisemitic symbol depicted in the images of our building on January 14.”
Diamond expects his bill will earn support from other members. Once it is filed, he says the public will be able to participate in a series of discussions to improve its language.