I’m sure museums will be thrilled.

National Review’s David French writes:

Professor Calls for Punishing Private Confederate Flag Displays as a “Hate Crime”

We’re officially at the “can you top this” stage of the Confederate flag debate, where the intolerant Left competes to make the most extreme cultural and legal demands. As Memphis votes to dig up Confederate bones, an American Studies professor at UMass, Amherst wants to criminalize private displays of the flag:

It is a fine thing that the Confederate flag will no longer fly above the South Carolina state capitol. But displaying the Confederate flag anywhere is, at bottom, an act of hate. It should be recognized as such, and punished as a hate crime.

Given the millions who suffered under the whip of slave masters, and all the families separated as slave traders sold sons and daughters away from their parents, and wives away from their husbands, All Americans should recoil from the Confederate flag with the same horror we feel for the Nazi swastika.

These two paragraphs represent the perfect example of a social justice warrior at work. Willing to not only cast aside the First Amendment but also imprison Americans for private expression? Check. Dredging up idiotic Nazi analogies? Check. Writing it all up in Salon.com? Check. For some on the Left, we’re well past anything resembling an actual argument and on to the cultural search and destroy mission. But why stop at flags? After all, the governmental Left days ago moved on to statues, monuments, and graves. The academic Left should go after books.