Fargo’s New Hate Crime Ordinance Will Accomplish Nothing


MINOT, N.D. — Last night, with much jubilation from certain politicians and activists, the City of Fargo passed a hate crime ordinance.

The real-world impact of this policy will be negligible.

Kind of like California’s ballyhooed ban on state employee travel to supposedly benighted places like, er, North Dakota, which haven’t brought their laws sufficiently into line with certain liberal orthodoxies.

North Dakota was just added to California’s naughty list, and the Associated Press had an interesting line in their report about that: “[Attorney General Rob] Bonta did not have information about how many state agencies have stopped sending state employees to the states on the list or the financial impact of California’s travel ban on those states.”

If you implement policy and then have no information on the degree to which that policy is being enforced, can it be said that you really care about the policy? Or can we admit that this is just another example of that proud tradition of political grandstanding?

Speaking of meaningless exposition, let’s get back to Fargo.

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