Some green is beyond the pale for the Rockland County, New York legislature.
In keeping with previous practices, the body has expressed its displeasure at attire “including hats, shirts and other materials which promote ridicule and seek to degrade any ethnic culture should not be permitted to be sold in a public forum especially where children may be exposed and have access to said materials.” Presumably, this attire goes beyond bearing slogans such as “Kiss me I’m Irish” and mentioning of an occasional pint of Guinness; there is a specific reference to the “most offensive, derogatory materials now offered for sale at Spencer’s at the Palisades Center, West Nyack, New York, which specifically target members of Rockland’s Irish-American community.”
(Some of Spencer’s St. Patrick’s Day attire is available here.)
Importantly, the County Legislature’s act is a “Resolution.” Certainly, any enforcement attempts would run afoul of the First Amendment.
The full text of the Resolution is below the jump, page 2.